Thea Chroman

Assistant Director, Program for Democratic Engagement
(541) 346-5937

Thea Chroman joined the Wayne Morse Center in 2016, coming most recently from the University of Oregon’s Center on Diversity and Community.  Formerly a public radio producer at KALW Public Radio in San Francisco, Thea’s reporting on education policy and urban planning in the Bay Area garnered accolades including the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for Best Radio Documentary and the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence (Region 11), among others.  She taught public interest radio reporting at Mills College, working with undergraduate students to engage with local policy through long-form journalism.  Thea also is the administrator and sits on the advisory committee for the Berkeley Prize for Architectural Design Excellence, which challenges undergraduates to address social justice issues through the lens of the built environment.  Thea has a B.A in Sociology from Mills College and an M.S. in Media Studies from the University of Oregon.

Rebecca Flynn

Rebecca Flynn


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.

Ellen Herman

(541) 346-3699

Ellen Herman, professor of history joined the Wayne Morse Center as codirector in 2016 after serving for several years on its advisory board. She is the author of three books that explore the relationship between politics, policy, and the human sciences in modern U.S. history: The Romance of American Psychology: Political Culture in the Age of Experts (1995), Psychiatry, Psychology, and Homosexuality (1995), and Kinship by Design: A History of Adoption in the Modern United States (2008). She has served as University of Oregon Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and held fellowships from the American Council for Learned Societies, Harvard Law School, and Radcliffe’s Institute for Advanced Study and was also the recipient of a major research grant from the National Science Foundation Program in Science and Technology Studies. Her experience with engaged scholarship includes participating in a series of historians’ briefs that accompanied many state-level same-sex marriage cases as they made their way through the federal circuit courts after 2010. The brief these historians submitted in Obergefell v. Hodges was cited in Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion and helped to make marriage equality a national reality in 2015. Her current research explores the history of autism. 

Abbie Stillie

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

Senior Faculty Fellow

Dan Tichenor is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science at the UO Department of Political Science and director of the Wayne Morse Center’s Program for Democratic Engagement and Governance. He has published six books and more than fifty refereed journal articles and chapters on immigration politics and policy, the American presidency, national secuirty and civil liberties, and the influence of interest groups and social movements on representative government. His book Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control (Princeton), won the American Political Science Association’s Gladys Kammerer Award for the best book on U.S. public policy. Other awards include APSA’s Jack Walker Prize, Mary Parker Follette Award, Emerging Scholar Award, Polity Prize, and numerous teaching awards. He also has been a faculty scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, research fellow in Governmental Studies at the Brookings Institution, Abba P. Schwartz Fellow in Immigration and Refugee Policy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, research scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, a visiting scholar at Leipzig University, and a faculty associate at Princeton’s Center for Migration and Development. His most recent book is Rallying Force: Presidents, Social Movements, and the Transformation of American Politics, with Sidney Milkis. He was named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows in 2015, and recently received an NEH award to study variations in immigrant inclusion and exclusion in U.S. states and localities over time. Tichenor has testified and provided expert briefings to Congress on immigration reform and immigrant integration, speaks regularly to civic groups and policymakers, has written essays for many popular publications including The Nation, The New York Times, The Utne Reader and The Atlantic.

Christine Waite

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.