Board Members

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Editorial Board

CARL ABBOTT is Emeritus Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, where he began teaching in 1978. He has written extensively on the history of Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and the United States more generally and has been active as a board member of the Historic Preservation League of Oregon, the Oregon Downtown Development Association, and Livable Oregon. He is a contributor to the Oregonian and Portland Monthly and a frequent speaker to community groups, and he is the author of many books and articles, including Frontiers Past and Future: Science Fiction and the American West.

EDWIN BATTISTELLA is Professor of English and Writing at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where he has served as Dean of the School of Arts & Letters and as Interim Provost. Battistella became interested in linguistics as an undergraduate at Rutgers University. His publications include Markedness: The Evaluative Superstructure of Language (1990), The Logic of Markedness (1996), Bad Language: Are Some Words Better Than Others? (2005), and Do You Make These Mistakes in English? The Story of Sherwin Cody's Famous Language School (2008), and articles in Academe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Choice, American Speech and the Vocabula Review. He is currently the co-editor-in-chief of Wiley-Blackwell's Language and Linguistic Compass.

SCOTT BURNS is a Professor of Geology and Chair of the Geology Department at Portland State University. He has been teaching at the university level for thirty-nine years and has taught in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado, and Louisiana before returning to his native Oregon nineteen years ago, when he started at Portland State. A sixth-generation Oregonian, his specialties include natural history, geological hazards (especially earthquakes, landslides, floods, volcanic eruptions, and radon), the Missoula Floods, terroir (the relationship between geology, soils, climate, and wines), Quaternary geology, geomorphology, engineering geology, heavy metals in soils, and environmental geology. He is currently working on a book on the Missoula Floods. He lives in Tualatin with his wife Glenda; they have three children, Lisa, Doug, and Tracy.

KELLY CANNON-MILLER, the Executive Director of the Deschutes County Historical Society in Bend, graduated with an M.A. in History from Portland State University in 1994 with a thesis on Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Her career in cultural resource management and museums has taken her from the Oregon Historical Society as a graduate intern through the National Park Service, the museum exhibit design firm Formations, Inc., and the High Desert Museum.

THOMAS J. CONNOLLY is Director of the Archaeological Research Division of the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History & State Museum of Anthropology. His archaeological research focuses mainly in Oregon and the broader Pacific Northwest, but he has also done fieldwork on the northern Plains and in Scotland. He has worked extensively with archaeological museum collections, particularly ancient fiber artifacts. Connolly is a co-author of Oregon Archaeology, and dozens of monograpahs, technical reports, and journal articles. 

DOUG DECKER has had a life-long interest in connecting past and the present in the natural landscapes of Oregon, and in historic homes and buildings. He is the former Oregon State Forester and Director of the Oregon Department of Forestry, retiring in October 2016 after a career including 11 years in the Tillamook State Forest, where he led development and opening of the Tillamook Forest Center, an interpretive museum that tells the story of past and present in the former Tillamook Burn. He is currently helping lead development of the Salmonberry Trail, a major rail-trail project that will connect Portland to the Coast, and he runs an executive leadership program at the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Doug also writes about old buildings and neighborhood history from his website:

RICHARD ETULAIN received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1966 with a dissertation on Oregon novelist Ernest Haycox. He has researched and written about several Oregon figures, particularly literary, cultural, and political men and women. Of his more than fifty authored or edited books, most focus on western or northwestern subjects, especially cultural, religious, and political history. He has also edited books dealing with the Basques of the Pacific Northwest.

KIMBERLI FITZGERALD has been a resident of Oregon for almost thirty years, where she lives with her husband and three daughters. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kimberli holds a Masters degree in City Planning and Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Archaeology/CRM from Adams State in Colorado. Currently, she is the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Salem where she has worked since 2009. Ms. Fitzgerald enjoys hiking, swimming and sailing in her spare time. 

TIMOTHY J. GRAHAM is a social studies teacher at Cleveland High School in Portland. Graham has seventeen years of teaching experience and works with diverse groups of students, teachers, and administrators. He has worked in five Portland Public high schools, teaching a wide variety of social science courses, from IB History of the Americas to Economics, from Philosophy to Student Leadership. During this time, he has developed curriculum for the Oregon Writing Project, Teaching American History Grant, and Oregon Historical Society. For the past five years, he worked with prospective teachers as an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark College in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

MATTHEW HAMPTON is a cartographer, providing analysis, maps, visualizations and infographics at Metro in Portland for over 20 years. He has a B.S. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College and an M.S. in Geography from Portland State University. In between degrees, he worked as a wilderness guide around the Pacific Northwest and continues to enjoy exploring the mountains and rivers in Oregon.  

JAMES STANLEY HARRISON has taught history and humanities courses at Portland Community College (Cascade Campus) since 1993.  After receiving his BA he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Subsequently he earned an MA in US and African History from The City College of New York, worked as a college counselor and taught high school in Portland for 18 years.  He is a founding member of the Vanport Mosaic Festival steering committee and frequently makes presentations to school and community groups.  He is currently writing a comprehensive history of the World War II era federal housing community of Vanport City. He was featured on the 2016 Oregon Public Broadcasting Oregon Experience documentary "Vanport."

ROGER HULL,  emeritus professor of art history at Willamette University, has lived in Oregon since 1970. He envisioned and helped establish the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. As a faculty curator at the Museum, he has written monographs and curated retrospective exhibitions on nine Oregon artists: Carl Hall (2001), Jan Zach (2003), Charles E. Heaney (2005), George Johanson (2007), Harry Widman (2009), Henk Pander (2011), Manuel Izquierdo (2013), Nelson Sandgren (2016), and Louis Bunce (2017). Hull was the recipient of an Oregon Governor's Arts Award in 1999.

JANE HUNTER is Associate Dean and Professor of History at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Her area of study is American cultural and social history, including women's history. After graduating from college, she spent two years teaching English composition in Hong Kong. She taught for ten years at Colby College in Main, before moving to Oregon in 1990. During 2003-2004, she taught American history in Shanghai on a Fulbright Fellowship.

KIMBERLY JENSEN received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in women's and U.S. history. She teaches history and gender studies at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. 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 (University of Washington Press, 2012). She received the Joel Palmer Prize from the Oregon Historical Quarterly for her fall 2007 article "'Neither Head Nor Tail to the Campaign': Esther Pohl Lovejoy and the Oregon Woman Suffrage Victory of 1912" and served as guest editor for the special issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly on women and citizenship in fall 2012.

DAVID JOHNSON is a professor of history at Portland State University. His field of expertise is United States social and intellectual history. He served as the managing editor of the Pacific Historical Review from 1997 to 2014.

LARRY LANDIS, a resident of Oregon for over twenty years, has been University Archivist at Oregon State University since 1996. A recent recipient of the Oregon Heritage Excellence Award, he was instrumental in establishing the Oregon Multicultural Archives at OSU and the Northwest Digital Archives. As a native of Indiana, he sees some similarities between the two states—strong agriculture and beautiful summers (though a bit more hot and humid in Indiana)—and the Oregon constitution was based in part on Indiana's. There are a number of other Landises in the mid-Willamette Valley, many of them with ties to the Mennonite community, as did some of Larry's ancestors.

WILLIAM L. LANG is Emeritus Professor of History at Portland State University, the founding director of the Center for Columbia River History, and founding editor of The Oregon Encyclopedia. He is the author and editor of many books and articles on the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest, including Great River of the West: Essays on the Columbia River (University of Washington Press, 1999) and Confederacy of Ambition: William Winlock Miller and the Making of Washington Territory (University of Washington Press, 1996). He is a member of the Oregon Historical Society Board of Trustees.

DAVID G. LEWIS is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, a descendant of the Takelma, Chinook, Molalla, and Santiam Kalapuya peoples of western Oregon. David has engaged in research on the tribes of the Pacific Northwest while studying at the University of Oregon and working for the Grand Ronde tribe. He also served as the director of the Southwest Oregon Research Project Collection at the UO Knight Library Special Collections and University Archives. He has served in the culture programs at the Grand Ronde tribe, first on the Culture Committee, then as department manager, Cultural Liaison, Tribal Historian, and manager of the Exhibits and Archives program. He has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Oregon and currently is a private contractor, conducting research, giving historical presentations and writing articles about the tribes of Oregon.

MIRIAM F. LIPTON is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Science program at Oregon State University and holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Oregon and an M.S. from Georgetown University. Some of her professional accomplishments include working for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland; the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia; and World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila, Philippines. Her areas of focus/research include risk management, malaria control, neglected tropical diseases, the Soviet Union, the Cold War, bacteriophages, antibiotics, chemical and biological weapons, and environmental history.   

BARBARA MAHONEY is a historian and biographer. In 2003, she won an Oregon Book Award for her biography of Oregon native Ralph Barnes, European correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune during the 1920s and 1930s.

MARY OBERST served as Oregon’s First Lady from 2002 to 2010. She led the capital campaign to restore the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum in John Day and was President of the board of OR 150, the Oregon Sesquicentennial. She was the copy editor for the Oregon Historical Society monograph Rose City Justice and routinely serves as copy editor for the Oregon Historical Quarterly. She serves on the Oregon State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation and the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers board (Salem) and is an ad hoc advisor to The Maxville Project (Wallowa County). She is a past Advisor for Oregon to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

SARA J. PIASECKI is Photo Archivist at the Anchorage Museum. She is the former Head of Historical Collections & Archives at the Oregon Health & Science University, where she facilitated the activities of the OHSU History of Medicine Society and was the author of the award-winning blog, "Historical Notes from OHSU." She also contributed a monthly column on the history of Oregon medicine to The Scribe, the newspaper of the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland.

CHARLIE PRESTI received his M.A. in History from the University of Montana-Missoula and teaches history classes at Portland Community College and Clackamas Community College. Over the last decade, Charlie developed a robust Community-Based Learning Program for his Oregon History students and established partnerships with a number of historical and cultural organizations in the Portland Metro area, including the Oregon Encyclopedia. These projects offer unique opportunities for students to meet course objectives while engaging with the community, thereby bridging the past with the present in a way that has meaningful implications and real-world dimensions.

JIM SCHEPPKE was the State Librarian of Oregon from 1991 to 2012. He worked at the Oregon State Library for twenty-five years and before that at the Texas State Library. He served as President of the Oregon Library Association and of the Western Council of State Libraries and has written numerous articles for professional library publications. He was named Oregon Library Association Librarian of the Year in 1996 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Association of School Libraries in 2001. He has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

DAVID SHERROD is an Earth scientist who has mapped widely in Oregon. Though perhaps best known for publications about the Cascade Range, his body of work includes studies in Arizona, Washington, Hawai'i, Tanzania, and Panamá.

GREGORY P. SHINE works in the Oregon/Washington State Office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and serves as an adjunct faculty member in the History Department at Portland State University. For fourteen years, he served as Chief Ranger and Historian at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. He has produced studies, reports, presentations, technical papers, and digital media for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. National Park Service, as well as articles for several journals, including the Oregon Historical Quarterly. A native of Indiana, he earned a B.A. from Wabash College and an M.A. from San Francisco State University. He lives in Portland.

GRETA SMITH WISNEWSKI is an independent public historian and oral historian who centers self- representation and shared authority in her work. Smith Wisnewski adopts a collaborative approach to help people make meaning out of memory through storytelling and interpreting those stories to a broad audience with a goal of increased accessibility and inclusion within our shared historic narrative. She is the sole proprietor of Continuum Historical, LLC and her clients include the Oregon Historical Society, the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, the Vanport Mosaic, and individuals who contract with her independently.