The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia

Shawn Daley is an Assistant Professor of Education at Concordia University in Portland, where his primary responsibility is to prepare future history and English secondary teachers. His research focuses on improving civic literacy and historical thinking skills among high school students. He is also the current president of the Oregon Council for Social Studies, and is completing his M.A. in history at Portland State, investigating labor and the Pacific Northwest.

Lynn Darroch has been writing about jazz and related music for the Oregonian and nationally-circulated magazines since 1979. He edits the monthly magazine Jazzscene, and has written chapters on music figures for The Encyclopedia of United States Popular Culture (Popular Press) and covered the history of jazz in Portland, 1965-present, in the Afterword to Jumptown: the Golden Years of Portland Jazz (Oregon State University Press). He hosts a weekly show on KMHD 89.1 FM and performs live music/spoken word pieces about jazz musicians, recorded on the CDs, Local Heroes/American Originals (2009) and Jazz Stories — Heroes of the Americas (2005). 

John C. Davies was brought up and educated in London, United Kingdom. He read English language and literature at Kings College, London, where he gained an M. Phil. He was awarded a Ph.D. in American Studies from Nottingham University and was head of American Studies at Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln. He has published articles on William Carlos Williams, Craig Lesley, Molly Gloss, and Robin Cody and has presented papers on Northwest authors at conferences of the Western Literature Association. He has taught ten summer sessions on northwestern literature at Portland State University.

K.J. Deacon was a newspaper journalist at The Bend Bulletin, Anchorage Daily News and The Scacramento Bee. Her B.A. and M.S. are from the University of Oregon School of Journalism, and she studied for a Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Utah, where she taught journalism and communication courses. She was an Interpretive Intern and Public Services Representative at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Doug Decker has studied Tillamook Burn history for more than a decade and has helped to build an archive of oral history interviews, photos, maps, and other materials that help create an understanding about the history of the Tillamook Burn area. He served as project leader for development of the Tillamook Forest Center and currently serves as executive director of the nonprofit Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust. Doug also serves as historian for northeast Portland's Alameda neighborhood and runs a website dedicated to its history: In January 2011, he was appointed Oregon State Forester. 

John de Ferrari is a native of Washington, D.C., whose mother was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He holds a Master's Degree in English Literature from Harvard University and works for the federal government in D.C. An avid local historian, de Ferrari researches and writes about Washington, D.C., architectural history for the blog, Streets of Washington. He has also done extensive research on his Oregon roots, including the achievements of his great aunt, Fern Hobbs.

David Peterson del Mar teaches nontraditional students for Portland State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon. He is the author of five books, including Oregon’s Promise: An Interpretive History, and is a consultant for Teaching American History grants. He co-facilitates dialogues with Uniting to Understand Racism and is a board member of Watoto Wa Dunia, which supports community development in Kenya.

Adrienne Denaro is copywriter for Perry Ellis International Inc., a designer, distributor, and licensor of apparel, accessories, and fragrances. She worked previously as copywriter for Royal Caribbean International, Clear Channel Radio, Macy’s, and Florida International University. She was also program director/morning show host for Energy 97.7 FM in Amman, Jordan, and is the creator of the social networking site Reunited We Stand.

Bob DenOuden graduated from the University of Oregon in 1988 received a masters degree from the University of Idaho in 1998. He works as an analyst and geographer with Lane Council of Governments in Eugene. He has interests in Pacific Northwest geography and history as well as hydrology and "sense of place." 

Lillian Cummings Densley, a native Oregonian, is an independent Baker County historian and genealogist.  She is the author of Saints, Sinners and Snake River Secrets, and co-author with Aaron G. Densley of Governor Joseph Gale and His Indian First Lady. Ms. Densley currently resides in Baker City, Oregon. 

Ted Dethlefs was born in Chehalis, Washington. After serving in the U.S. Navy as an aerial navigator in World War II, he earned his BA in Business and his MA in Recreation. From 1968 to 1980, he was the Recreation Technician for Oregon State Parks. He is one of the authors of Oregon's Five-Year Recreation Plan—a comprehensive program addressing the outdoor recreation needs of a diverse and growing population.

Mark Deuel is the Director of Operations and Data Management for the Office of Admission at Concordia University. He is a former sportswriter for the Edmond Evening Sun. His research focuses on high school sports history with an emphasis on small rural schools in Oregon. His stories have appeared in the Wallowa County Chieftain and the Heppner Herald. He is also boys basketball coach at Lake Oswego High School.

Caleb Diehl is a student, writer, and journalist in Portland. He is the managing editor of the Lewis & Clark College student-run newspaper, The Pioneer Log, and a contributing writer to the LC Journal for Social Justice. His work has also appeared in The Park Record and on the Lewis & Clark School of Education and Counseling webpage.

Gary Dielman has published over four dozen articles about Baker County history, including two articles in the Oregon Historical Quarterly. For over twenty-five years, he has been the volunteer curator of Baker County Library's archives, which hold over 10,000 historic photographs. He has an M.A. in Germanic literature and linguistics from the University of Iowa and has taught there and at Purdue University.  He is presently retired and living in Baker City.

Janice Dilg is an independent historian who lives in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in the Old Northwest, Ohio. She holds a MA in history from Portland State University. Her research and scholarship focuses on women and labor history in the Pacific Northwest in the early 20th century. Dilg’s public history projects include: Project Director for the Century of Action: Oregon Women Vote, 1912-2012; coordinator of the US District Court of Oregon Historical Society Oral History Project, and instructor of the Portland State University Senior Capstone, Monumental Women, which documents women’s civic contributions to Portland online and through a developing women’s heritage trail.

Diane Disse is the museum educator for the Lincoln County Historical Society. Prior to moving to Oregon in 1992, Disse was director of marketing for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, information officer for the Minnesota Historical Society, and director of publications for the Science Museum of Minnesota. She taught writing and journalism and was the student media advisor at Western Oregon University. Disse has had a historical novel and articles and poems published. She has a degree in English and journalism from Moorhead State University and an M.A. degree in mass communications from California State University, Northridge.

Barbara Ditman is a retired federal forester and wildlife biologist. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Barbara worked mostly in northeastern California and southern Oregon. Currently a resident of Klamath Falls, she has contributed articles to the Journal of the Shaw Historical Library, Oregon Institute of Technology.

Craig Ditman is a retired industrial forester. He earned his B.S. in Forest Management at North Carolina State University in 1969 and began his forestry career on the Modoc National Forest in northeast California that year. He has been a timber cutter, college instructor, sawmill procurement forester, and land manager, spending most of his career with JELD-WEN, inc., in Susanville, California, and Klamath Falls, Oregon.

John Doan is a music historian, professor of music at Willamette University, and one of the few masters of the twenty-string harp guitar. He starred in two television specials on PBS with his "A Victorian Christmas with John Doan," which received an Emmy nomination for Best Entertainment Special of the Year. His recording Eire-Isle of the Saints won Best Celtic Album of the Year.  John's most recent recording, The Lost Music of Fernando Sor, is the first time Sor's harpolyre music has been heard since it was written in 1830.

Allen Dobbins grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned a B.A. in psychology and masters degrees in history and education from Stanford University before obtaining his doctorate at Harvard. He taught high school and university students and was the curriculum administrator for Portland Public Schools. Dobbins has served on several public service and philanthropic institutions in California and Oregon.

Rebecca Dobkins is a Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Native American Art at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. She is the author of three exhibition-related monographs: Memory and Imagination: The Work of Maidu Indian Artist Frank Day (1997); Rick Bartow: My Eye (2001); and Joe Feddersen: Vital Signs (2008). In collaboration with the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon, she curated the exhibition The Art of Ceremony: Regalia of Native Oregon, which was named the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces Project for Oregon in 2008. 

Linné Dodge is an Executive Assistant at Hood River Distillers, Inc.

Julia Dolan is the curator of photography at the Portland Art Museum. She holds a BFA in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MA in art history from the Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD in art history from Boston University. She has worked with the photography collections at a number of museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.

George Domijan is a Public Historian, with a background in mining and mining history.  In more recent years, he has worked for Oregon and Washington port districts, providing research support for the Port of Portland's Lower Willamette Project, and compiling an annotated chronology for the Port of Klickitat(Washington).  He has composed narratives for the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) in the Library of Congress, and has written a historic narrative of the Port of Portland marine terminals, for inclusion in Marine Terminal Master Plan 2020, a Port of Portland project.

Because the best stories start with good history, Lisa Donnelly received her MA (History) from PSU in 2012, focusing on Public History and Medieval Mongolia. In addition to processing the Kwan Hsu Papers and authoring the finding aid, she has provided transcription services for local oral historians. Her largest on-going project is as primary content writer for, an exciting website that explores the intersections of film and history, illuminating ways in which those connections can be used to increase the public’s knowledge of history.

Anne W. Donnelly is Project Director for construction of the new Coos Historical & Maritime Center. She has served as Executive Director of the Coos County Historical Society since 2004.  She previously practiced law in Seattle, Washington, holds degrees in English (Trinity College) and Landscape Architecture (University of Oregon), and is active in development designed for environmental and cultural benefit. She served for six years as executive director of the first incorporated Oregon watershed council, and led the creation of an award-winning schools partnership for the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum.

Robert Donnelly is an associate professor of U.S. history at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He earned a Ph.D. at Marquette University, an  M.A. at Portland State University, and a B.S. at Western Oregon University. He grew up in Winston, Oregon.

Brian Doyle is the editor of the University of Portland's quarterly Portland Magazine — "the finest spiritual magazine in America," says Annie Dillard — and the author of nine books of essays, nonfiction, and poems.

Susan Badger Doyle moved from Wyoming to Pendleton in 1997. She is an independent scholar specializing in historic western overland trails, with particular interest in nineteenth-century emigrant trails, transportation and the settlement of Oregon.

Barby Dressler is the Director of University Relations/Special Programs at the Tokyo International University of America.

Brother Cyril Drnjevic, OSB, has been a monk of Mt. Angel Abbey since 1985. For over a decade he has taught monastic history at the Abbey, and since 2004 he has been an administrative assistant to the abbot (leader) of the abbey. After five years of archival research, he published an article in the American Benedictine Review on the early decades of Mt. Angel Abbey. He received a bachelor's degree (with honors) from the University of Puget Sound and three master's degrees: in theology and divinity from Mt. Angel Seminary and in history from the University of Virginia.

Mason Drukman received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked as chief editor of the Consumers’ Institute of New Zealand, as editor and publisher of The Oregon Times, and as a professor of political science at Reed College and the University of California. His writing has appeared in California Magazine, The Nation, The New Zealand Listener, Oregon Magazine, and the Western Political Quarterly. He is the author of Community and Purpose in America (McGraw-Hill) and Wayne Morse, A Political Biography (OHS Press). He currently works as a freelance writer and poet in Berkeley.

Meghan Dugan is a Public Information Officer with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), covering southwestern Oregon and the statewide Conservation Program. Meghan has been with ODFW since 1999 and previously worked as a Public Information Officer for the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Payette National Forest in McCall, Idaho. 

Steve Duin is the Metro columnist for the Oregonian and the author or co-author of five books, including Comics: Between the Panels, a history of comics.

Christopher Dungey is a cello maker living in Pocatello, Idaho. 

Mark A. Duntley Jr. is dean of the Chapel at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and holds a Ph.D. in religion and society from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Mark has taught courses on Christian Social Ethics and Biomedical Ethics at Lewis & Clark College and has published articles on ethics, physician-assisted suicide, and human cloning. Mark worked closely with Paul S. Wright at Lewis & Clark College from 1989 until Paul’s death in 1994.