The Authors of the Oregon Encyclopedia
Susanne Kindi Fahrnkopf was the office and financial manager for the Siskiyou Project for 12 years from 1997-2008, after completing a degree in Business Administration at Rogue Community College. She has been a resident of the Illinois Valley for 29 years, during which she raised four children in her little cabin by the East Fork of the Illinois River in Takilma. Kindi is an advocate for the beautiful Siskiyou Mountains with her art and poetry. Kindi’s poetry has been published in five anthologies, and she self-published her first book, Siskiyou River Reflections, in 2006.
Grant Farr is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Portland State University. He has worked and written on Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. He was a teacher in Kabul, a professor at Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran, and a visiting Fulbright Professor at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. He has written a number of books and articles including, The Shaping of Iran Today, Modern Iran, Global Societies, and Afghan Resistance. He is currently working on a book on Afghan refugees.
Helen Fedchak is the Curator of Collections at the Oregon Historical Society. She completed her education in the United Kingdom, and holds a B.A. in American Studies and an M.A. in Heritage Studies. Helen began her museum career working in the footwear collection at the Northampton Museum in the U.K. and has worked in both museum and archive collections in the United States.
Natalia Fernández is an associate professor and the Curator and Archivist of the Oregon Multicultural Archives (OMA) and the OSU Queer Archives (OSQA) at the Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center. Her scholarship relates to her work as an archivist, specifically best practices for working with communities of color and the LGBTQIA community. Fernández holds an M.A. in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona. She graduated from the U. of A. Knowledge River Program, a program that focuses on community-based librarianship and partnerships with traditionally underserved communities.
Michele Field is a writer and a student at Portland Community College working toward an Associate's Degree in Web Design and Development and Multimedia.
Janet Filips is a former staff writer and editor at The Oregonian newspaper, the (Eugene) Register-Guard and the Dayton Daily News. Her travel, food and health pieces have appeared in Sunset, Cure, MIX and Shape magazines and newspapers including the Denver Post, the Palm Beach Daily News and San Diego Union-Tribune. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Dayton, Janet has won numerous national and regional awards in Oregon and Ohio for her journalistic work. The Portland resident is now a writer for CareOregon, where her focus is Oregon’s Health CO-OP. Janet is a member of Women in Portland Publishing and Portland Culinary Alliance.
James Finley is an English instructor at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, and lives in Portland, Oregon. His articles and reviews have appeared in Columbia, American History, Wild West, and Oregon Quarterly. He was one of the co-authors of Caverns, a collaborative novel written in 1989 by Ken Kesey and a team of graduate writing students at the University of Oregon.
Andrew Fisher grew up in Portland, received his Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University in 2003, and now teaches at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. His research interests focus on modern Native American history, environmental history, and the American West. He is completing his first book, Shadow Tribe: The Making of Columbia River Indian Identity (University of Washington Press, 2010), which examines off-reservation communities and processes of tribal identity along the Mid-Columbia.
Jim Fisher was raised in Klamath Falls, graduated from Oregon State University College of Fiorestry, and worked thirty-four years with the Oregon Department of Forestry, retiring as public affairs director in 1990. He is now a free-lance writer living near Sisters in Central Oregon.
Joe Fitzgibbon has a B.S. degree in education from University of Dayton, with majors in English and political science, and an M.A. degree in literature from University of Oklahoma. He received NEH grants to study at Yale and NYC and is currently a writing instructor at Portland Community College. He worked as a journalist for the Oregonian for over twenty-five years and is the author of Persona Writing and Advanced Persona Writing (Sundance/Boston). He is currently working on a book on the history of Oregon's movie theaters.
Born in Oregon's capital city, Eileen G. Fitzsimons grew up in many small towns in Western Oregon, and earned Bachelors degrees in history and art from Portland State University. As a gyppo historian she has conducted research on various subjects, primarily architectural history, including many National Register nominations. For more than twelve years she wrote a regular history column in her neighborhood newspaper, The Bee. She served as a member of the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Committee and is involved in the Sellwood-Westmoreland History Committee.
Donald L. Fixico is Distinguished Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University and a native scholar (Shawnee, Sac & Fox, Muscogee Creek and Seminole). He is a policy historian and ethnohistorian, and the author and editor of more than a dozen books, which include Termination and Relocation: Federal Indian Policy, 1945-1960 (1986) and Treaties with American Indians: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts and Sovereignty, 3 vols., editor, (2007). His recent works are Indian Resilience and Rebuilding: Indigenous Nations in the Modern American West (2013) and Call for Change: The Medicine Way of American Indian History, Ethos and Reality (2013).
Bruce Flath is cataloger at the Mount Angel Abbey Library. He was born in Portland and has a B.A. in Anthropology from Portland State University and a Master in Library and Information Studies degree from UC Berkeley. He is active in the International Relations Round Table of the Oregon Library Association and has taught English as a Second Language in Portland-area community colleges as well as for the Beaverton Literacy Council. He lives in Beaverton.
Judy Fleagle graduated with an AA from Bakersfield College and a BA from San Jose State University, with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in English. She then taught 1st and 2nd grades in Los Gatos, California, for twenty-two years and, after moving to Florence, Oregon, worked as an editor and staff writer for Oregon Coast and Northwest Travel magazines for the next twenty-one years. Since retiring in 2009, she has authored Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges, working with researcher Richard Knox Smith. She has an abiding love for McCullough bridges and a great respect for Conde B. McCullough.
Susan Fletcher is the author of eight books for young readers, including Dragon’s Milk, Shadow Spinner, and Alphabet of Dreams. Her novels have won two Oregon Book Awards.
Stan Fonseca graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in History in 2015. His areas of expertise include Portland history, African American social and cultural history, and the history of the World War II homefront.
Liz Forster is an environmental policy major and a journalism minor at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She writes for Seattle Backpackers Magazine and is Editor-in-Chief at her college newspaper, The Catalyst.
Patrick Forster is the Director of Continuing Education at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He holds an MA in history from Portland State University.
Chris Foss received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2016. He is the most recent recipient of the Charles Gates Award, for best article in Pacific Northwest Quarterly; and the Donald J. Sterling Senior Fellowship from the Oregon Historical Society, to support future archival research. He teaches at Tokyo International University of America, and has also taught at Willamette University, University of Portland, and Washington State University Vancouver. His main research interests include the global Pacific Northwest, regional politics, and U.S. foreign relations during the Cold War. His book, Facing the World: Defense Spending and International Trade in the Pacific Northwest Since World War II, was published in 2020 by Oregon State University Press. Foss contributed a chapter to the edited volume The Cold War at Home and Abroad: Domestic Politics and US Foreign Policy Since World War II (University of Kentucky Press, 2018) and has written articles in Oregon Historical Quarterly, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, and Passport: The Magazine of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. His current project is a manuscript about the life and career of Oregon Rep. Edith Green.
Andrew G. Fountain is a professor of geology and geography at Portland State University. He has studied glaciers since 1980, when he first joined the U.S. Geological Survey in Tacoma, Washington. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, he joined the USGS National Research Program in Denver before returning to the Northwest in 1993. Fountain has studied glaciers in the Arctic and is currently working in Antarctica. He has studied glacier change in the American West for the past three years.
Kevin Frazier is a native Oregonian, raised on the border of Scholls and Beaverton. He is currently in a concurrent degree program at the Harvard Kennedy School pursuing a Masters of Public Policy with a focus on digital governance/education and the UC Berkeley School of Law (JD with a focus in tech law). Immediately after early graduating from the University of Oregon in 2015, Kevin served as Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Assistant. In that capacity, he accompanied the Governor on trips around the state and helped restructure the Office’s digital presence. He then worked briefly for ECONorthwest and Children First for Oregon. Only dark chocolate and great hikes rival Kevin's love for Oregon.
Oregon native Gus Frederick works as a multimedia specialist for the State of Oregon. His background includes working as a graphic artist, animationist, filmmaker, and photographer. A longtime local history enthusiast, he is fascinated by many of the incredible stories from the Silverton country. He is the author of the 2006 annotated reissue of Homer Davenport's 1898 book Cartoons. His latest book, Silverton, is in Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, and his current projects include the collected writings of Dr. Timothy W. Davenport and a video documentary on his son Homer. He lives in Silverton.
Josh Freeman graduated with a degree in history from Lewis & Clark College in 2015. He works at the college as an office manager.
Megan K. Friedel is assistant professor and Head of Archives at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries. Prior to her current position, she worked as curator of photography at History Colorado, as well as photo archivist at the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Oregon Historical Society, where she curated the exhibition, Carleton Watkins: Stereoviews of the Columbia River Gorge, and co-authored, with Terry Toedtemeier, an award-winning article on Watkins's stereo photography of the river in 1867. Megan holds a B.A. from Amherst College, as well as an M.A. in History and an M.S. in Library and Information Sciences, both from Simmons College.
Elaine S. Friedman is the author of The Facts of Life in Portland, Oregon (1993) as well as several articles on librarianship. Before moving to Portland, she worked as a librarian at the University of Michigan Graduate Library and the Princeton University Computing Center. In Oregon, she served as a data administrator for the Center for Urban Education and as head librarian for Ater Wynne LLP. She is currently a freelance writer and researcher.
Ann Fulton (March 10, 1950 - May 15, 2011) was an intellectual and social historian with extensive experience in public history. Her projects included Historic American Buildings Survey-Timberline Lodge, prepared for the National Park Service and the Forest Service (1995); Historic Features Report for SR 14 Corridor Management Plan (1997), prepared for the Washington Department of Transportation; and Columbia County Historic Context Statement and Site Inventories (1998), prepared for the State Historic Preservation Office of Oregon. Her work also appeared in American Indian Quarterly. Fulton also researched the oral tradition of Pacific Northwest indigenous peoples while teaching at Portland State University.
Albert Furtwangler is a retired professor of English (Mount Allison University in eastern Canada) and the author of several books in American history, including three about explorers and early settlers in the Pacific Northwest. He now lives in Salem.