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Rebecca Dinwoodie


Rebecca Dinwoodie (formerly Rebecca Flynn) joined the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics in 2011. She has deep experience in both law and politics, having been an organizer and staff member for numerous grassroots organizations, most recently Basic Rights Oregon and previously the ACLU, the Human Rights Campaign, Green Corps and the Endangered Species Coalition. Rebecca has a JD from Harvard Law School (2003) where she was editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. After law school she clerked for Justice Robert D. (Skip) Durham at the Oregon Supreme Court and worked in the Oregon Department of Justice as general counsel to state natural resources agencies.

Camila Fazal

Camila is currently working on her MS in Couples in Family Therapy at the University of Oregon. She completed her undergrad at California State University, Fullerton receiving a BA in Psychology and a minor in Human Services. In the future, she hopes to be a part of the systematic change that allows for mental health care access to be more accessible to low-income families, individuals, and minority populations.

Emma Gunn

Emma (she/her/hers) joined the Wayne Morse Center as a program assistant in 2022. She is a current undergraduate student majoring in political science with a minor in art. She enjoys keeping up to date with current events and American politics, and hopes to attend law school after graduation.

Ellen Herman

Senior Scholar

Ellen Herman, professor of history, was codirector of the Wayne Morse Center from 2016 to 2024, having previously served on its advisory board. She is now the Center's senior scholar. Professor Herman is the author of three books that explore the relationship between politics, policy, and the human sciences in modern U.S. history

Abbie Stillie

Associate Director

Abbie Stillie joined the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics in 2009. She manages fundraising and communications for the Wayne Morse Center. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Alaska and an M.S. in Literary Nonfiction from the University of Oregon. She was previously a newspaper reporter at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks, Alaska, and serves on the board of the Eugene Science Center. 

Dan Tichenor


Dan Tichenor, Philip H. Knight Chair of Political Science, joined the Wayne Morse Center in 2008. He served as senior faculty fellow and director of the Program for Democratic Governance prior to becoming codirector in 2024. His most recent book, Democracy’s Child  (with Alison Gash), explores the activism and influence of young people in our political life. His research awards include the American Political Science Association’s Gladys Kammerer Award, Jack Walker Prize, Mary Parker Follette Award, Polity Prize, Charles Redd Award, and Emerging Scholar Award.He has testified and provided expert briefings to Congress on immigration and refugee policy, and provided commentary and essays for National Public Radio, The AtlanticThe Washington Post, The New York Times, The Utne Reader, and The Nation.

Christine Waite

Accounting Coordinator

Christine Waite has managed finances at academic institutions for more than 20 years. After working as a research technician for neuroscience laboratories at Rutgers and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she migrated her grant management skills to financial administration positions. Prior to moving to Oregon to be near family, she managed finances at New York University’s Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics, and Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health.