I teach U.S. West, Pacific Northwest, and public history courses at Portland State University. My publications include Death of Celilo (University of Washington Press, 2005) and Nature’s Northwest: The North Pacific Slope in the Twentieth Century (with William Robbins, University of Arizona Press, 2011). My current research analyzes the political and cultural strategies Indigenous women and their white female allies employed during the mid-twentieth century to negotiate Columbia River dam building and termination policy in the Northwest.
My public history work includes conducting oral histories for the U.S. Forest Service, Chinook Indian Nation, and Oregon National Guard, historic resource studies for the National Park Service, and consulting with Northwest museums. From 2006-2011, I directed the Center for Columbia River History (CCRH), a public history consortium located on the grounds of Fort Vancouver, a National Park Service site, which included Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver and the Washington State Historical Society.
I live in Portland with two rambunctious dogs just blocks from the high school whose teachers inspired my interest in the always present past.