Board Members


Advisory Board

LAWSON FUSAO INADA is Oregon's fifth Poet Laureate and an Emeritus Professor of Writing at Southern Oregon University. He is the author of five books and has edited three others. An American Book Award and Oregon Book Award winner, he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

CHET ORLOFF is Director Emeritus of the Oregon Historical Society and Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the Portland State University. From 1972 to 1975, he was a teacher in Afghanistan. He is the founder and editor of the journal Western Legal History and was senior editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. He has been active in museum and historical agency affairs since 1970 and operates Oregon History Works, advising and consulting in historical interpretation and public history.

JAROLD RAMSEY is a native Oregonian and Professor of English Emeritus from the University of Rochester, where he taught courses in poetry and creative writing as well as American Indian and environmental literature. He is the author of several books on Indian and folk literature.


Editorial Board

CARL ABBOTT has taught at Portland State University since 1978. He has written extensively on the history of Portland and the Pacific Northwest and has been active as a board member of the Historic Preservation League of Oregon, the Oregon Downtown Development Association, and Livable Oregon. He is a contributor to the Oregonian and Portland Monthly and a frequent speaker to community groups.

EDWIN BATTISTELLA is Professor of English and Writing at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where he has served as Dean of the School of Arts & Letters and as Interim Provost. Battistella became interested in linguistics as an undergraduate at Rutgers University. His publications include Markedness: The Evaluative Superstructure of Language (1990), The Logic of Markedness (1996), Bad Language: Are Some Words Better Than Others? (2005), and Do You Make These Mistakes in English? The Story of Sherwin Cody's Famous Language School (2008), and articles in Academe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Choice, American Speech and the Vocabula Review. He is currently the co-editor-in-chief of Wiley-Blackwell's Language and Linguistic Compass.

STEPHEN BROWN is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oregon Historical Society, with a specific interest in the history of economic development, especially in the nineteenth century.  He is currently an Oregon business owner and also serves on the Board at Marylhurst University.  He graduated from high school in Oregon before achieving a Bachelors from Dartmouth College and a Doctorate from Oxford University.

SCOTT BURNS is a Professor of Geology and Chair of the Geology Department at Portland State University. He has been teaching at the university level for thirty-nine years and has taught in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado, and Louisiana before returning to his native Oregon nineteen years ago, when he started at Portland State. A sixth-generation Oregonian, his specialties include natural history, geological hazards (especially earthquakes, landslides, floods, volcanic eruptions, and radon), the Missoula Floods, terroir (the relationship between geology, soils, climate, and wines), Quaternary geology, geomorphology, engineering geology, heavy metals in soils, and environmental geology. He is currently working on a book on the Missoula Floods. He lives in Tualatin with his wife Glenda; they have three children, Lisa, Doug, and Tracy.

KELLY CANNON-MILLER, the Executive Director of the Deschutes County Historical Society in Bend, graduated with an M.A. in History from Portland State University in 1994 with a thesis on Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Her career in cultural resource management and museums has taken her from the Oregon Historical Society as a graduate intern through the National Park Service, the museum exhibit design firm Formations, Inc., and the High Desert Museum.

MINA CARSON is an Assistant Professor of American Social and Cultural History at Oregon State University. She teaches courses on the Progressive and New Deal eras, women in the twentieth century, American families, gay and lesbian movements, and the history of psychotherapy. She is an accomplished musician and in 2004 co-authoredGirls Rock: Fifty Years of Women Making Music.

RICHARD ETULAIN received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1966 with a dissertation on Oregon novelist Ernest Haycox. He has researched and written about several Oregon figures, particularly literary, cultural, and political men and women. Of his more than fifty authored or edited books, most focus on western or northwestern subjects, especially cultural, religious, and political history. He has also edited books dealing with the Basques of the Pacific Northwest.

REBECCA HARTMAN is an assistant professor of twentieth-century U.S. History, women's history, rural history, and U.S. cultural history at Eastern Oregon University. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

ROGER HULL,  emeritus professor of art history at Willamette University, has lived in Oregon since 1970. He envisioned and helped establish the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. As a faculty curator at the Museum, he has written monographs and curated retrospective exhibitions on nine Oregon artists: Carl Hall (2001), Jan Zach (2003), Charles E. Heaney (2005), George Johanson (2007), Harry Widman (2009), Henk Pander (2011), Manuel Izquierdo (2013), Nelson Sandgren (2016), and Louis Bunce (2017). Hull was the recipient of an Oregon Governor's Arts Award in 1999.

JANE HUNTER is Associate Dean and Professor of History at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Her area of study is American cultural and social history, including women's history. After graduating from college, she spent two years teaching English composition in Hong Kong. She taught for ten years at Colby College in Main, before moving to Oregon in 1990. During 2003-2004, she taught American history in Shanghai on a Fulbright Fellowship.

KIMBERLY JENSEN received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in women's and U.S. history. She teaches history and gender studies at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. She is the author of Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War (University of Illinois Press, 2008) and Oregon’s Doctor to the World: Esther Pohl Lovejoy and a Life in Activism (University of Washington Press, 2012). She received the Joel Palmer Prize from the Oregon Historical Quarterly for her fall 2007 article "'Neither Head Nor Tail to the Campaign': Esther Pohl Lovejoy and the Oregon Woman Suffrage Victory of 1912" and served as guest editor for the special issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly on women and citizenship in fall 2012.

SUSAN R. KEPHART, Professor of Biology at Willamette University, publishes on plant-pollinator interactions, species boundaries, and hybridization and on how scientists and reporters differ in how they write about wilderness, global climate change, and biodiversity. She has served on National Science Foundation panels, led Earthwatch Research Expeditions, and held offices for the Oregon Academy of Sciences and the Native Plant Society of Oregon. She works with diverse undergraduates and volunteers to restore native species to human-altered landscapes, with recent funding from the Oregon Community Foundation and M.J. Murdock Trust. She is an advocate for conservation, diversity, and local watersheds.

LARRY LANDIS, a resident of Oregon for over twenty years, has been University Archivist at Oregon State University since 1996. A recent recipient of the Oregon Heritage Excellence Award, he was instrumental in establishing the Oregon Multicultural Archives at OSU and the Northwest Digital Archives. As a native of Indiana, he sees some similarities between the two states—strong agriculture and beautiful summers (though a bit more hot and humid in Indiana)—and the Oregon constitution was based in part on Indiana's. There are a number of other Landises in the mid-Willamette Valley, many of them with ties to the Mennonite community, as did some of Larry's ancestors.

WILLIAM L. LANG is Emeritus Professor of History at Portland State University, the founding director of the Center for Columbia River History, and founding editor of The Oregon Encyclopedia. He is the author and editor of many books and articles on the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest, including Great River of the West: Essays on the Columbia River (University of Washington Press, 1999) and Confederacy of Ambition: William Winlock Miller and the Making of Washington Territory (University of Washington Press, 1996). He is a member of the Oregon Historical Society Board of Trustees.

DAVID G. LEWIS is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, a descendant of the Takelma, Chinook, Molalla, and Santiam Kalapuya peoples of western Oregon. David has engaged in research on the tribes of the Pacific Northwest while studying at the University of Oregon and working for the Grand Ronde tribe. He also served as the director of the Southwest Oregon Research Project Collection at the UO Knight Library Special Collections and University Archives. He has served in the culture programs at the Grand Ronde tribe, first on the Culture Committee, then as department manager, Cultural Liaison, Tribal Historian, and manager of the Exhibits and Archives program. He has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Oregon and currently is a private contractor, conducting research, giving historical presentations and writing articles about the tribes of Oregon. 

BARBARA MAHONEY is a historian and biographer. In 2003, she won an Oregon Book Award for her biography of Oregon native Ralph Barnes, European correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune during the 1920s and 1930s. 

MARY OBERST served as Oregon’s First Lady from 2002 to 2010. She led the capital campaign to restore the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum in John Day and was President of the board of OR 150, the Oregon Sesquicentennial. She was the copy editor for the Oregon Historical Society monograph Rose City Justice and routinely serves as copy editor for the Oregon Historical Quarterly. She serves on the Oregon State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation and the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers board (Salem) and is an ad hoc advisor to The Maxville Project (Wallowa County). She is a past Advisor for Oregon to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

JIM O'CONNOR is a Pacific Northwest native long interested in the processes and events shaping the remarkable and diverse landscapes of the region. He pursued these interests with a B.S. in Geological Sciences at the University of Washington and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Arizona. Since 1990 he has studied regional rivers and landscapes, for the last 18 years with the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Center in Portland, Oregon.

SARA J. PIASECKI is Photo Archivist at the Anchorage Museum. She is the former Head of Historical Collections & Archives at the Oregon Health & Science University, where she facilitated the activities of the OHSU History of Medicine Society and was the author of the award-winning blog, "Historical Notes from OHSU." She also contributed a monthly column on the history of Oregon medicine to The Scribe, the newspaper of the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland.

JIM SCHEPPKE was the State Librarian of Oregon from 1991 to 2012. He worked at the Oregon State Library for twenty-five years and before that at the Texas State Library. He served as President of the Oregon Library Association and of the Western Council of State Libraries and has written numerous articles for professional library publications. He was named Oregon Library Association Librarian of the Year in 1996 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Association of School Libraries in 2001. He has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

GREGORY P. SHINE works in the Oregon/Washington State Office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and serves as an adjunct faculty member in the History Department at Portland State University. For fourteen years, he served as Chief Ranger and Historian at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. He has produced studies, reports, presentations, technical papers, and digital media for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. National Park Service, as well as articles for several journals, including the Oregon Historical Quarterly. A native of Indiana, he earned a B.A. from Wabash College and an M.A. from San Francisco State University. He lives in Portland.