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The Willamette authors listed below are authors that were featured on the WU Reads page sometime in the past.  Please be aware: the authors' biographical information and list of publications may not be up to date.  

Mary R. Bachvarova

Mary R. Bachvarova is Professor of Classical Studies at Willamette University; she began working at Willamette in 2003.  Mary received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University/Radcliffe College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  Mary is a diligent researcher and writer of many journal articles and book chapters; she won the Lawrence D. Cress Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship in 2015.  Mary is the author, co-author or editor of the following books:

Maegan Parker Brooks

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​Maegan Parker Brooks is an Assistant Professor in the Civic Communication and Media Department.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound and her master’s and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maegan’s PhD is in Communication Arts, with emphases in Rhetoric and Afro-American Studies. Her research and teaching interests are centered around race and racism.  Maegan has written a number of articles that have appeared in both scholarly and popular publications and she recently received a generous gift from the Kellogg Foundation to work on a documentary about the life and legacy of Mississippi native and civil rights icon, Fannie Lou Hamer. She is the author of the following books:

Rebecca Dobkins


Rebecca Dobkins, Professor of Anthropology, has been teaching at Willamette since 1996.  Rebecca received her B.A. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Women's Studies, her M.A. from University of California, Berkeley in English, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology, also from University of California, Berkeley.  Her interests include museum studies, Native American contemporary and traditional arts, Maori arts, and indigenous peoples, human rights, and the environment.  Rebecca has been active as a curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art as well; she has organized exhibitions of Native American art that have toured nationally and internationally. Her publications include:

Ellen Eisenberg

Ellen Eisenberg

Ellen Eisenberg is the Dwight & Margaret Leer Professor of American History at Willamette University.  Professor Eisenberg came to Willamette in 1990.  She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of the following books:

Richard Ellis


Richard Ellis is the Mark O. Hatfield Professor of Politics; he has been teaching at Willamette since 1990.  Richard received his B.A. in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in Political Science.  He has been awarded Oregon Teacher of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is a highly respected scholar and teacher.  Richard is a prolific writer and is the author of many books. Below is a list of some of his most recent publications:


David S. Gutterman

David S. Gutterman is Professor of Politics at Willamette University. David was Visiting Assistant Professor at Willamette from 2000-2003, Assistant Professor at Linfield College from 2003-2007, and has been back at Willamette since 2007. He received his BA and MA in religion from Duke University and his Ph.D. from Rutgers.  David is an active scholar and has written journal articles, book reviews, book chapters, and books. He also works closely with Willamette students and has sponsored Carson and College Colloquium Student Research Grant recipients, Presidential Scholars, etc. David is the author or co-author of the following books:


Allison Hobgood

Allison Hobgood, former Associate Professor of English and current Affiliated Scholar, started teaching at Willamette in 2008.  Allison received her B.A. from Davidson College in English, and her M.A.T. and Ph.D. in English (with certificate in Women's Studies) from Emory University. Her teaching and research interests include:  Shakespeare, early modern literature, disability studies, women’s and gender studies, and medieval literature.  Allison's books include:

Roger Hull

Roger Hull is Professor Emeritus of Art History and Senior Faculty Curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Roger received his B.A. from Whitman College and his M.A. and Ph.D from Northwestern University. He taught courses at Willamette University on Renaissance, American, and Modern art from 1970 to 2010 and regularly led students in exploration and appreciation of Florence, Italy in a celebrated post-session program. Roger is the author of several books listed below:

Ronald P. Loftus

Ronald P. Loftus, Professor Emeritus of Japanese language and Asian history, taught at Willamette from 1983 to 2018. Ron received his B.A. from George Washington University, M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School.  Ron has been teaching Japanese language, literature, history, and film since 1977. Ron's interests include late Meiji social and intellectual history and autobiographies/memoirs by 20th century Japanese women.  His writings include:

Scott Nadelson

Scott Nadelson is the Hallie Ford Chair in Writing and is a member of the English Department at Willamette. Scott received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his M.A. from Oregon State University. He came to Willamette in 2003 where he teaches creative writing. Scott is a wonderful writer and has won a number of writing awards such as the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Oregon Book Award for Short Fiction.  He is the author of several books including:

Stephen Patterson

Stephen J. Patterson has been teaching at Willamette since 2010 and serves as the George H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies. Stephen received his B.A. from Yankton College, M.T.S. from Harvard University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School.  Before coming to Willamette, he was a professor at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis. Stephen has written many articles, essays, and reviews as well as several books such as:

Sharon Rose

Sharon Rose, Professor Emeritus of Biology, started teaching at Willamette in 1988 and retired in 2013.  Sharon received her B.A. from California State University, Long Beach in biology, her M.A. from Humboldt State University in microbiology, and her Ph.D. from Oregon State University also in microbiology.  Besides her obvious interest in microbiology, Sharon is also interested in women in science and women naturalists, in particular. Her books are of great local interest. One highlights two local women landscape artists and the other explores the natural history of our very own Minto Brown Island:

William (Bill) T. Smaldone


William T. Smaldone is the E. J. Whipple Professor of History at Willamette University. Professor Smaldone came to Willamette in 1991.  He graduated with a B.S. and an M.A. from State University of New York College at Brockport, and a Ph.D. from State University of New York at Binghamton.  Bill offers courses on German and Russian history, Latin American history, urban history, the Holocaust, European socialism, and capitalism and his research focuses on twentieth century German and European labor history.

He is the author of the following books:

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