Board Members

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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.

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.

MARISA CHAPPELL is Associate Professor of History at Oregon State University. She is the author of The War on Welfare: Family, Poverty, and Politics in Modern America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010) and co-author of Welfare in the United States: A History with Documents (Routledge, 2010). She has published articles numerous scholarly journals as well as public venues such as Jacobin, the Washington Post, and the Oregonian and has served on the Editorial Board of Oregon Historical Quarterly. She is currently working on a book about community organizing and economic justice campaigns in the last third of the twentieth century.

THOMAS J. CONNOLLY is Director of the Archaeological Research Division of the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History & State Museum of Anthropology. His archaeological research focuses mainly in Oregon and the broader Pacific Northwest, but he has also done fieldwork on the northern Plains and in Scotland. He has worked extensively with archaeological museum collections, particularly ancient fiber artifacts. Connolly is a co-author of Oregon Archaeology, and dozens of monograpahs, technical reports, and journal articles. 

RYAN DEARINGER is an Associate Professor of History at Eastern Oregon University. His research and teaching interests include the American West and the Pacific Northwest; immigration; race and ethnicity; labor and working-class history; gender studies; environmental history; and violence in American history. Dr. Dearinger’s publications have appeared in the Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of Social History, Oregon Historical QuarterlyThe History Teacher, Journal of the West, Labor Studies Journal, Southern California QuarterlyJournal of Southern History, Indiana Magazine of History, and The Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, Volume II: The Early Republic, 1784-1840.  

DOUG DECKER has had a life-long interest in connecting past and the present in the natural landscapes of Oregon, and in historic homes and buildings. He is the former Oregon State Forester and Director of the Oregon Department of Forestry, retiring in October 2016 after a career including 11 years in the Tillamook State Forest, where he led development and opening of the Tillamook Forest Center, an interpretive museum that tells the story of past and present in the former Tillamook Burn. He is currently helping lead development of the Salmonberry Trail, a major rail-trail project that will connect Portland to the Coast, and he runs an executive leadership program at the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Doug also writes about old buildings and neighborhood history from his website: alamedahistory.org.

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.

MATTHEW HAMPTON is a cartographer, providing analysis, maps, visualizations and infographics at Metro in Portland for over 20 years. He has a B.S. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College and an M.S. in Geography from Portland State University. In between degrees, he worked as a wilderness guide around the Pacific Northwest and continues to enjoy exploring the mountains and rivers in Oregon.  

JAMES STANLEY HARRISON has taught history and humanities courses at Portland Community College (Cascade Campus) since 1993.  After receiving his BA he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Subsequently he earned an MA in US and African History from The City College of New York, worked as a college counselor and taught high school in Portland for 18 years.  He is a founding member of the Vanport Mosaic Festival steering committee and frequently makes presentations to school and community groups.  He is currently writing a comprehensive history of the World War II era federal housing community of Vanport City. He was featured on the 2016 Oregon Public Broadcasting Oregon Experience documentary "Vanport."

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.

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.

MARCELA MENDOZA is an anthropologist with extensive research and teaching experience on issues of Latino immigration in the U.S., and indigenous peoples in Lowland South America. She published books and academic papers on the areas of her expertise. In collaboration with Erlinda Gonzalez-Berry, she published Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives (OSU Press, 2010). 

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.

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.

RACHELLE H. (RIKI) SALTZMAN is the Oregon Folklife Network’s Executive Director. OFN, the state’s Folk & Traditional Arts program, partners with communities and Tribes to document Oregon’s cultural heritage. She serves on Travel Oregon’s AgriTourism Leadership Working Group and on the Century Farm and Ranch Board. From 1995-2012, Saltzman was the Folklife Coordinator for the Iowa Arts Council. She has served on the board of the American Folklore Society and the Association for the Study of Food and Society. Saltzman ( PhD/Anthropology & Folklore, University of Texas at Austin) is the author of A Lark for the Sake of Their Country; the 1926 General Strike volunteers in folklore and memory.

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.

DAVID SHERROD is an Earth scientist who has mapped widely in Oregon. Though perhaps best known for publications about the Cascade Range, his body of work includes studies in Arizona, Washington, Hawai'i, Tanzania, and Panamá.

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.