The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia


Peggy Nagae, a Sansei, was raised in Boring, where her parents—incarcerated during World War II—owned a farm. She represented Minoru Yasui in re-opening his World War II case, worked on the National Japanese American Citizens League Redress Committee (1978), and was appointed to the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund Board (1996). Nagae was assistant dean, University of Oregon School of Law; board member, Asian American Justice Center; co-chair, Leadership Advisory Council, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and program director, National Center for Asian Pacific American Women. She is a consultant in organizational and management change, diversity/inclusion, and strategic planning.


Tom Nash is professor emeritus at Southern Oregon University, where he has taught linguistics and folklore for nearly 30 years. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Nash also received grants for study at Yale, Princeton, and Berkeley. For the past 15 years, he has traveled the state's two-lane roads while lecturing for the Oregon Council for the Humanities. Nash's programs on Oregon history, Oregon place names, and the WPA have been popular in places like Spray, Baker City, Newberg, and Prineville. Nash is the author of three books, including The Well-Traveled Casket (with Twilo Scofield).


Shirley Nelson was an elementary school teacher until 1995, when she retired and moved with her husband to Port Orford. She has become a noted local writer and amateur historian. Among her published works, in addition to magazine and newspaper articles, are What Happened Here? a book of stories and legends based on history of Curry and Coos counties, and Home at Last, a history of Port Orford Library which opened a new, debt-free building in 2008. She enjoys exploring the beautiful south coast, as well as traveling, hiking, bowling, and volunteering.


A third generation Oregonian, Kurt Nelson grew up in the Portland area and graduated from Portland State University with a degree in History and Political Science. He received a master's degree in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College. Kurt has written numerous articles and two books on Northwest history: Fighting for Paradise, a Military History of the Pacific Northwest and Treaties and Treachery, the Northwest Indians’ Resistance to Conquest. Kurt resides in Milwaukie with his wife, dog, and cat when not travelling.  


Sharon Nesbit is a former historian and founder of the Troutdale Historical Society. She is a columnist and reporter for the Gresham Outlook and a member of the committee that worked to save the former Multnomah County Poor Farm, now McMenamins Edgefield. She is author of Vintage Edgefield, A History of the Multnomah County Poor Farm, first published in 1995, and a centennial history of Troutdale published in 2007, It Could Have Been Carpdale. She is vice president of the Oregon Geographic Names Board.


David Nicandri is director of the Washington State Historical Society since 1987, executive editor of Columbia Magazine, and author of Northwest Chiefs: Gustav Sohon's View of the 1855 Stevens Treaty Councils (WSHS, 1986).


Ann M. Nicgorski was born in 1963 in Chicago, Illinois.  She received her BA from the University of Notre Dame, and her MA and PhD in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently a Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Willamette University and a Faculty Curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem. She has lived in Oregon since 1995, when she co-founded the Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Her scholarship and teaching encompasses ancient and medieval art history, including Christian art, architecture and iconography. 


Jonathan Nicholas was born and raised in the coal-mining valleys of Wales. He graduated with honors in sociology and political science from the University of Bristol in England, then served a four-year stint as an international aid volunteer in the Himalayas. In 1982, Nicholas began writing a daily column that was for twenty-five years a staple for readers of the Oregonian, where he subsequently served as a writer of editorials. Nicholas is the author of three books: Greetings from Oregon, Portland, and On the Oregon Trail.


Jack Nisbet is a teacher and writer who explores human and natural history in the greater Northwest. His books include Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson across Western North America; Visible Bones; and The Mapmakers Eye: David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau.


Greg Nokes had a forty-three-year career in news, both as a reporter and editor. He worked twenty-five years with the Associated Press in Salt Lake City, New York City, Puerto Rico, Buenos Aires, and Washington, D.C., and retired in 2004 from the Oregonian. Nokes did his undergraduate work at Willamette University and attended Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow in 1971-1972. He was a contributing author to The Media and Foreign Policy (St. Martin’s Press, 1990), and his article on the murders at Chinese Massacre Cove in 1887 appeared in the Fall 1996 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. Greg retired from The Oregonian in 2003 to embark on a new career as author and lecturer. He is author of two non-fiction Northwest histories: Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon, in 2009, and Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, in 2013, both published by Oregon State University Press. Breaking Chains was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award for non-fiction.


Lars Nordström was born in 1954 in Stockholm, Sweden, where he lived until 1974. He was educated at the University of Stockholm, Portland State University, and Uppsala University, where he received his Ph.D. in American literature in 1989. He is the recipient of several Fulbright and Swedish Institute grants, as well as a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellowship. In 1988, he settled on a small vineyard in Beavercreek, Oregon, where he farms winegrapes, writes, and translates. Nordström has published poetry, prose, interviews, translations, and scholarly material in books and magazines in many different countries.