The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia

Greg P. Jacob is associate professor of English at Portland State University, where he is the director of writing. Born in Astoria, he received a B.A. from Oregon State University, an M.A. at the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was an English instructor at Umpqua Community College and assistant professor at Pacific University. He is the author of Writing and Eco-consciousness (2002) and Fins, Finns and Astorians (2006). He received a Fulbright Lectureship to India in 1990.

Brooke Jacobson, who has a B.A. from Portland State College and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, began studies with Andries Deinum in his earliest classes. With Bob Summers, she co-founded the Northwest Film Center in 1971 and was responsible for developing programs such as Filmmakers in the Schools until 1974. From 1974 to 1976, she was director of the Media Project, supporting the work of film and video makers in the Northwest. Her articles on independent film have appeared in Film Quarterly and Journal of Film and Video. Her current research is focused on Andries Deinum.

Joan Seely Jagodnik holds an Associate of General Studies degree from Portland Community College, as well as Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from Portland State University. She is currently working on her dissertation for a Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education/Community College Leadership through Oregon State University. Ms. Jagodnik has attended and worked at both Clackamas Community College and Portland Community College. She is currently employed at Portland State University as Assistant Director for Community College Relations. Ms. Jagodnik is a first generation college student and values the opportunities that community colleges provide.

Stewart Janes is a biology professor at Southern Oregon University. He received his BA in Zoology from the University of Montana, his MA in Biology from Portland State University, and his PhD in Biology from UCLA. Dr. Janes has studied and published on bird of prey ecology focusing on habitat selection and competition among species in the intermountain region of western North America. Most recently his research has focused on the function of birdsong among species with multiple song types including Black-throated Gray, Hermit, and Townsend's Warblers. In addition, his duties at SOU include training secondary science teachers.

Kyle Jansson was executive director of the Marion County Historical Society from 1997-2002. In 2000, he launched the Hoover for President 2000 campaign to raise interest in the former president's roots in Salem and the historical society. In 2002, Jansson became the coordinator of the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Davis Jantzi is a student at Oregon State University in the College of Agriculture. His major in studies is Food Science and Technology with an option in enology and viticulture. He has minor degrees in Spanish and Chemistry. He enjoys spearfishing, camping, archery, and scuba diving, and was one of the last people to dive Crater Lake whie recreational diving was still legal. In addition, he has logged over 200 dives in the state of Oregon and has made a routine of picking up trash in rivers and along the Oregon Coast when diving. 

Kimberly Jensen received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in women’s and U.S. history and teaches history and gender studies at Western Oregon University. 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 (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012). She served as guest editor for the special issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly on women and citizenship in Fall 2012.

Melinda Marie Jetté, a direct descendant of the French-Indian families who settled French Prairie, received a M.A. in history from Université Laval and a Ph.D from the University of British Columbia. Two French Canadian paternal ancestors, engagés with the Hudson's Bay Company, settled in French Prairie with their Native wives in the 1840s. Her great-great-grandfather, Adolphe (Théophile) Jetté reached French Prairie in the early 1850s. Her ancestors remained in French Prairie until the 1910s, when they moved to Portland. As a youngster, Melinda visited Champoeg on family outings. She now studies the role of French-speaking peoples in American history.

After earning his PhD is from the University of Oregon, Dr. Robert Johnson taught psychology at Umpqua Community College for twenty-eight years, retiring in 1999. In 2004 he received the two-year college Excellence in Teaching award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. He currently works as a ceramic artist and also co-authors an introductory psychology textbook: Philip Zimbardo, Robert Johnson, Vivian McCann. (2012). Psychology: Core Concepts (7th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

Karen K. Johnson works in curriculum and instruction for the Tigard-Tualatin School District in Tigard, Oregon. She serves on the executive board of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English and is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences on topics of technology and reading. She is the 2005 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Leadership Development Award and is a regular columnist in the OCTE newsletter.

Brian K. Johnson is an archivist with the City of Portland. Brian is also a partner in American History Savers, an archival and library consulting business, and is the co-author of the book Portland Fire & Rescue (2007). Brian has degrees in History and Library Science and has been providing access to local history for over twenty years.

Joan C. Johnson first met Nancy Ryles through community activities in east Washington County in the 1960s. In 1972, she managed Ryles's successful campaign for the Beaverton School Board and later her first campaign for the Oregon House. Johnson worked with Ryles as her aide through two legislative sessions and continued to collaborate with her throughout Ryles's political career. Johnson is a graduate of Portland State University and a freelance writer. She is also a co-founder of the Nancy Ryles Scholarship Fund at Portland State.

Robert D. Johnston is associate professor of history and director of the Teaching of History program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of The Radical Middle Class: Populist Democracy and the Question of Capitalism in Progressive Era Portland, Oregon (Princeton University Press, 2003). He has won the Joel Palmer Award, for best article in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, and he is guest editor for a special series of issues of the OHQ commemorating the sesquicentennial of Oregon statehood. He is currently working on a book about the history of vaccination controversies in American history.

Rebecca Jolliff will graduate from Willamette University in May 2012 with a BA in English and Spanish. She tutors students at the university Writing Center, and works as a staff member for the Chrysalis, Willamette’s literary and arts magazine. Her research interests include African American literature and the Camino de Santiago. 

Les Joslin is a retired U.S. Navy commander and a former U.S. Forest Service firefighter, wilderness ranger, and staff officer. A graduate of San Jose State College, he holds master's degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of London. He was an adjunct instructor for the College of Forestry at Oregon State University for 10 years and is author or editor of several books on Forest Service history.

Janet Joyer is the Forest Archaeologist for Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest, where she has spent most of her career. In 1977, she received a BA in anthropology from the University of Colorado. She did graduate work at Washington State University, specializing in archaeology.  She was employed by the University of Missouri for two years, conducting archaeological research. Her Forest Service career began in 1981 on the former Rogue River National Forest. She was Forest Archaeologist on the Siskiyou National Forest for twenty-four years before heading up the program for the combined Forests in 2007.

Lee Juillerat is the regional editor for the Klamath Falls Herald and News. He is also a member of the Shaw Historical Library in Klamath Falls, which serves as a major source for history in a region that includes southeastern Oregon, far northeastern California, and northern Nevada. Juillerat is a frequent contributor to Northwest Travel, Range, Oregon Coast, and Horizon inflight publications, along with the Internet magazine, High on Adventure.