The Authors of the Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Barbara Conway Gaines, Ed.D RN is a professor emeritus at Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Nursing. Gaines wrote Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Nursing: A History of the School 1910-1996 (2000) and "Elnora Thompson in Bullough," Vern and Sentz Lilli eds, American Nursing: A Biographical Dictionary (1999). She is active in the American Association for the History of Nursing, currently serving on the strategic planning committee.

  • Shawna Gandy is an historian specializing in social and religious history. Ms. Gandy currently serves as Library Technical Services Manager at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library. She received bachelor's degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in history from Portland State University.

  • Linda Ganzini, MD, MPH, graduated from Roseburg High School in 1974. She received her bachelor's degree from Yale University and her medical degree from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where she subsequently completed residency training in psychiatry and geriatric medicine. She is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine and Senior Scholar at the Center on Ethics in Health Care, all at OHSU. She is also Director of Health Services Research at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 

  • Jerry Garcia was born and raised in the state of Washington. He is a first generation college student. Dr. Garcia received his doctorate from Washington State University and had academic appointments with Iowa State University, Michigan State University, and is the former Director of Chicano Studies and the College Assistance Migrant Program at Eastern Washington University. Dr. Garcia’s research focus is on Chicano History, Asians in the Americas, immigration, empire, masculinity, and race in the Americas. He has published four books and over 15 articles in various books and journals.  

  • Mary Gardiner is a longtime resident of Ashland and a former neighbor of Florence and Bill Schneider. Florence served as a mentor in their early relationship and encouraged her to become involved with the museum. Mary joined the staff of the Schneider Museum of Art in 1994, as community programs coordinator and finished working at the museum in 2009 after serving as acting administrative director for seven years. She has a B.S. in education from the University of Oregon.

  • Rita Gardner received an A.A. from Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC), where she also worked in the news office, and a B.A. in Arts and Humanities from Linfield College. She is the author of a history of the Mayville Ladies Society, The Will of the Women, and has had works published in the SWOCC student publication The Southwester, as well as in Fame and Good Old Days magazines. She has published cartoons in two Oregon weeklies and has self-published three family biographies.

  • Tim Alan Garrison is professor of history at Portland State University. He is the author of The Legal Ideology of Removal: The Southern Judiciary and the Sovereignty of Native American Nations and several articles on the history of the Indian Removal crisis. He is also the editor of the Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law

  • Sean Garvey is the local history librarian at the Tigard Public Library and holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Service from Rutgers University.

  • Max G. Geier is professor of history, emeritus, at Western Oregon University and taught Pacific Northwest History and the History of the North American West there from 1991-2014 while specializing in the history of community, rural-urban relations, and related environmental issues. Previously published scholarship includes two books exploring the history of scientific communities and forest science research in Alaska and at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, and more recently, a third book, The Color of Night: Race, Railroaders, and Murder in the Wartime West  (Oregon State University Press, November 2015). Another book-length editing project, Silvicultural Approaches to Animal Damage Management in Pacific Northwests Forests, with Hugh C. Black, was awarded the 1993 Wildlife Society Award for editing of a scientific publication. Oral history interviews of leading scientists associated with the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, including Jerry Franklin, are available at the Oregon State University Archives, in Corvallis.

  • Martha Gies began publishing nonfiction in the mid-seventies and later studied fiction with Raymond Carver at two Port Townsend workshops. Her short stories and literary essays appear widely in literary quarterlies, including Orion, The Sun, and Zyzzyva, and in various anthologies. In 2004, Oregon State University Press published Up All Night, her portrait of Portland told through the stories of twenty-three people who work graveyard shift. She teaches at Traveler’s Mind, an annual writing workshop abroad. She first began interviewing Portland Black Panthers in 2004.

  • E.W. Giesecke was born in Portland. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1949 and received an M.A. from Auburn University in 1971. He taught American history and political science at a southeastern U.S. college and did historical research with a U.S. project in Europe for several years. Giesecke served twenty-five years in personnel administration for the states of Oregon, Washington, and Virginia and and had fifteen years of active duty with the USAF. He has published in Terrae Incognitae, the Oregon Historical Quarterly, Mains'l Haul, and Columbia, and has written two books on Pacific maritime history. He passed away in 2015.

  • Laura Jane Gifford holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has published extensively in the field of modern American political history. Her winter 2014 article for the Oregon Historical Quarterly, "Planning for a Productive Paradise: Tom McCall and the Conservationist Tale of Oregon Land-Use Policy," won the 2015 Joel Palmer Award for best article published in OHQ the previous year. Her other publications include The Center Cannot Hold: The 1960 Presidential Election and the Rise of Modern Conservatism (2009) and the co-edited volume The Right Side of the Sixties: Reexamining Conservatism's Decade of Transformation (2012).

  • Tim Gillespie is a veteran Oregon public school teacher, former president of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, and author of many publications for teachers, including Doing Literary Criticism: Helping Students Engage with Challenging Texts (2010, Stenhouse).

  • Elias Gilman worked for four years in the Archives at Pacific University (OR) while earning his degree in history at Pacific. He has written numerous articles on the history of the city of Forest Grove and Pacific University, and his work has been cited by local historical preservation groups and in regional history books.

  • Carole Glauber is an independent scholar who teaches history of photography at Mt. Hood Community College. Her research interests include early women photographers, biography, and cultural history. She is currently writing a biography of photographer Eva Watson-Schutze.

  • Molly Gloss is a fourth-generation Oregonian who lives in Portland. Her several novels include The Jump-Off Creek, The Dazzle of Day, Wild Life, and The Hearts of Horses. Among her honors and awards are a Whiting Writers Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the PEN Center West Fiction Prize, a James Tiptree Jr. Award, and an Oregon Book Award.   

  • Diane L. Goeres-Gardner is the author of three books on Oregon History. Caxton Press published Necktie Parties: The History of Legal Executions in Oregon, 1851-1905 (2005) and Murder, Morality, and Madness: Women Criminals in Early Oregon (2009). Arcadia Publishing released Roseburg as part of their Images of America Series in 2010. Diane is a retired teacher and administrator living in the Umpqua Valley with her husband. Currently she is working on a new book tracing the history of the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

  • Greg Gordon received his PhD in history from the University of Montana in 2010 and is currently an assistant professor in Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He has written numerous articles and two books. His most recent, When Money Grew on Trees: A. B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award in 2015. 

  • Kourtney Goya is originally from Mililani, Hawaii, and recently graduated from Oregon State University. She is currently working in the Office of Admissions at OSU. 

  • Randy Gragg is the editor of Portland Spaces and the former architecture critic for the Oregonian.

  • Lynn Grannan retired from the Beaverton School District where she was an elementary school teacher. While with the district, she served on the Diversity Council. Lynn has been involved with the Japanese American community in Portland having served on the board of Portland Taiko, a professional Japanese American drumming group. She also serves on the board of Oregon Nikkei Endowment which has as its projects the Japanese American Historical Plaza located on Portland’s Waterfront Park and the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center in Old Town Portland.

  • Having lived in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon, Anjuli Grantham is fittingly a historian of the Pacific Northwest with a penchant for environmental history. She will receive her MA in public history and a certificate in museum management from the University of South Carolina in 2011. Before becoming a historian, Anjuli worked as a commercial fisherman, an English teacher, and a professional fundraiser.

  • Jack Grauer entered the Mazamas in 1957 after climbing Mount Hood. He soon became active in their climbing program, serving several times on the Climbing Committee, the Executive Council, and the Publications Committee. He served as president in 1962. He is author of Mount Hood: A Complete History.

  • Bill Graves has worked as a daily newspaper journalist for thirty-two years, the last twenty-two at the Oregonian. He covered education most of that time, but in the last eight years also covered other social issues, including gay rights, health care, poverty, and high-interest consumer lending. He co-authored a book on education reform called Poisoned Apple, published in 1996, and served as president of the Education Writers Association from 1997 through 1999. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in English. He is sixty-one. He and his wife, Karin, an artist, have three grown children.

  • Virginia Green decided in 1999 to move to Salem within twenty-four hours of first seeing the town. Attracted to the appealing historic downtown, she took an apartment on the shoreline of the Willamette River. She then volunteered at the local library and became a writer for the library's online publication, Salemhistory. This interest in local historical events and personalities led to the creation of the former Salem Historical Quarterly Web site and the current Salem Heritage Network. Her son, Tom, a photographer, visually records historical sites as they continue their research.

  • Sources:

    Baker, Jeff.  "Portland author and Artist Allen Say's Books for Children Unfold in Luminous Dreams" The Oregonian, November 29, 2010.

    Coughlan, Marjorie.  "Interview with Artist and Author Allen Say",

    Kwong, Maria.  "Allen Say",

    Say, Allen.  The Bicycle Man, Scholastic, Inc., New York, 1982.

    Say, Allen.  "Caldecott Medal Acceptance Speech",

    Say, Allen. Drawing From Memory, Scholastic Press, New York, 2011.

    Say, Allen. The Inker's Shadow, Scholastic Press, New York, 2015.

    Say, Allen.  Tea with Milk, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1999.

  • Steven Greif is a history teacher and track and cross country coach at North Bend High School. He graduated with a B.A. in history from Oregon State University and completed a master's program in history and geography from the University of Oregon. He is also a board member of the Coos County Historical Society.

  • Gunnar Gundersen is the Executive Vice President of TIUA (Tokyo International University of America) in Salem, Oregon, and has been active in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), international education, and intercultural education since 1975. He has held various faculty and administrative staff positions at TIUA since 1989, the opening year of TIUA and previously taught and administered programs at Portland State University, Mt. Hood Community College, Siderúrgica del Orinoco C.A. (Sidor)—a large steel manufacturing plant in Ciudad Guayana, VenezuelaLewis & Clark College, University of Houston, and the University of Petroleum & Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

  • Cheryl Gunselman is manuscripts librarian in Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections at the Washington State University Libraries in Pullman. She holds a bachelor's degree from Willamette University and advanced degrees from Reed College and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include social and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest during the Progressive Era, particularly the history of libraries.