2023-24 Visitors and Affiliates

Peter DeFazio

Peter DeFazio  served for 36 years as the U.S. Representative for Oregon’s 4th congressional district, making him the longest-serving member of Congress in Oregon history. Known as the “Tiger for the House” for his leadership on transportation, infrastructure, the environment, and progressive issues, he is, as his colleague Rep. Earl Blumenauer observed, “a legislative giant in the mold of his hero, Wayne Morse.” 

Tim Alberta

Tim Alberta is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author, and staff writer for The Atlantic magazine. He formerly served as chief political correspondent for POLITICO. In 2019, he published "American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump." In early November 2023, he will publish a new book, “The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism.”

Linda Greenhouse

Linda Greenhouse is a Pulitzer Prize-winning legal journalist and a Senior Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School. She covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and continues to write regularly for the newspaper’s opinion pages.

Anita Hill

Anita Hill is a professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at Brandeis University.  After the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, Hill became a leading figure in the fight for women’s rights and against gender-based violence. Hill’s most recent book is Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence (2021). 

Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof is a New York Times op-ed columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. With his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, he has written five books, most recently Tightrope, about American inequality and how to fix it. He will visit UO in spring 2024 to coincide with the publication of his new memoir, Chasing Hope.

Renee Irvin

Renee Irvin is the University of Oregon Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and professor in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management. She is an expert in nonprofit management and the economics of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Her research examines fundraising, philanthropy and foundation grant making, regulation of nonprofit organizations, and US policies affecting asset-building and wealth distribution. 

Jennifer O'Neal

Jennifer R. O'Neal is an assistant professor in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon, and affiliated faculty with the History Department and Robert D. Clark Honors College. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching focus on Native American, United States, and international relations history in the twentieth century to the present, with an emphasis on sovereignty, self-determination, cultural heritage, global Indigenous rights, activism, and legal issues.

Sophia Ford

“Memory, Whiteness, and Opposition to National Heritage Areas”

David Purucker

"Return of the Mass Party? The Democratic Socialists of America and the Question of Socialist Party Formation”

Keya Saxena

Stand-up Comedy for Social Change in India