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About Tracy J. Prince

Tracy J. Prince, Ph.D. is a Scholar in Residence at Portland State University and the author of numerous books. She has spent over two decades teaching and writing about race, gender, and social equity issues in Humanities, English, Urban Studies, and Women's Studies departments. She has taught in Turkey, Canada, and throughout the United States and has spent extensive research time in England, Australia, South Africa, and France.
 
Author:
Her first book, Portland's Goose Hollow (2011, Arcadia), explores the history of Native American, Chinese, Irish, German, and Jewish residents of one of Portland’s oldest neighborhoods and the now-buried Tanner Creek that carved out the gulch giving Goose Hollow its name. Her second book, Culture Wars in British Literature: Multiculturalism and National Identity (2012, McFarland), studies enormous changes in what it means to be British in the last century--asking who is included and who is excluded in a British identity and how that is revealed in British literature, with comparisons to America's civil rights movement. In her co-authored book Portland’s Slabtown (2013, Arcadia) Dr. Prince's research uncovered a formerly unknown Native American village in northwest Portland in the long-forgotten and infilled Johnson Creek Gulch, and she uncovered much more extensive Chinese vegetable gardens than previously known. In her fourth book, Notable Women of Portland (2017, Arcadia, co-authored with Zadie Schaffer), her research reveals the almost completely forgotten presence of Native Americans in Portland history and other complex ethnic and blue-collar stories that are often overlooked in Portland histories. The book includes chapters on Native and pioneer women, women of the Progressive Era, women of WWI, WWII, and post-war Portland, and chapters on Women in the Arts and Women in Politics. Books in Progress: Native American Art of Oregon, Chinese Vegetable Gardens of Oregon, Might Oughta Keep Singin' (about race and music in the American South told through four generations in Arkansas).

Tilikum Crossing:
Dr. Prince is proud to have been one of the people who nominated the name for Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People. The Grand Ronde tribe, who are dedicated to keeping Chinuk Wawa (also called the Jargon or Chinook Jargon) alive, also nominated the Tilikum name. Dr. Prince heard that the naming committee was leaning toward honoring Oregon suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway (though Duniway already had a park and school named after her). Tracy felt that Portland does not know about most of its Native American history and does not acknowledge what little it knows. So she wrote an op-ed teaching the importance of Chinook Jargon to pioneers and Native residents in Portland's first 70 years.  https://www.academia.edu/35809387/Tillicum_is_the_Right_Name_for_TriMets_New_Bridge This op-ed was influential in persuading the committee to choose Tilikum, a Chinook Jargon name meaning "the people."

Non-profit Administrator and Consultant:
For over a decade Dr. Prince juggled an academic career and a career consulting for and being an executive for non-profit organizations, working on board development, program development, public relations, marketing, and fundraising. She raised over $9 million for cultural, educational, and social service agencies, including raising the funds to build 2 transitional housing facilities for the homeless (in Omaha and Oklahoma City).
 
Public Speaker: 
Dr. Prince is a frequently featured speaker (by Architectural Heritage Center, Multnomah County Libraries, Oregon Parks and Recreation, Oregon Historical Society, etc) on: 
Oregon's Native American Art 
Portland History 
Notable Women of Portland
The Forgotten Native American History of Portland
Buried Creeks, Gulches, and Lakes of Old Portland: Historical Hydrology
A Hollow, a Creek, and "A War About Geese": Historic Goose Hollow
Chinese Vegetable Gardens of Oregon (1870s to 1920s)
 
Public Service: 
She is a board member of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/ Architectural Heritage Center, the Goose Hollow Foothills League, the McCulloch Foundation, and a member of the Portland Coalition for Historic Resources. She is a former board member of Transition Projects, Inc. and member of the Historic Columbia River Highway 2016 Centennial Advisory Committee. 

Historic Preservation: 
In 2017 she celebrated two big historic preservation victories: 
1) Jantzen Beach Carousel: She worked for five years with Dr. Tanya March to save the Jantzen Beach Carousel (writing op-eds, writing the Restore Oregon nomination for Most Endangered Place, meeting with politicians and activists, and keeping public attention on the carousel). In 2017 it was finally saved. 
2) Morris Marks House: After working for seven years on the Save the Morris Marks House Committee, this beloved Italianate house was finally saved.

She continues to advocate for restoration of the historic Vista Bridge. And she has written many op-eds showing that historic preservation saves our most affordable housing and helps protect buildings that are important to our cultural and ethnic histories.

Consulting Historian:
Dr. Tracy Prince has been a consulting historian for design features and public art on many public and private development projects, including: Providence Park Stadium, the Tilikum Crossing bridge, and many buildings in Portland.
 
Links:
"Native American Art of Oregon” presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Og3MfrJxk

"Notable women of Portland" presentation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og4eqNHFRw4 

"Culture Wars in British Literature” presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDi_Fbo6TJI



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Positions

2004 Present Scholar in Residence, Portland State University
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20012004 Director of External Relations & Assistant Professor, Portland State University Urban Studies and Planning
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August 1998January 2001 Visiting Scholar, University of British Columbia ‐ Department of English
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2018 La Napoule Art Foundation Residency
La Napoule Art Foundation
Role: Writer's Residency
2016 BinderCon Grant
BinderCon (Women's Writing Community & Conferences)
2000 People to People Ambassadors South African Delegate
People to People International
Role: Delegate (North American academics involved in multicultural education exchanged ideas with South African colleagues)
1999 International Council for Canadian Studies Fellowship
International Council for Canadian Studies
Role: Fellowship in Canadian Studies
1992 - 1997 Regents Fellowship
University of Nebraska
1992 - 1997 Richard H. Larson Fellowship
University of Nebraska
1994 - 1995 Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship
Kosciuszko Foundation
1994 - 1994 English-Speaking Union Research Grant
English-Speaking Union of the United States, Oklahoma City Branch
1994 Center for Great Plains Studies Research Grant
Center for Great Plains Studies
1992 - 1992 Oxford--University of Nebraska at Omaha Award
University of Nebraska at Omaha
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Board Member, Friends of Goose Hollow
2014 - Present Board Member, Goose Hollow Foothills League
2012 - Present Board Member, Bosco-Milligan Foundation /Architectural Heritage Center
2010 - Present Member, NW Freedom Singers (teaching songs of the Civil Rights Movement)
2004 - Present Member, MelloMacs Choir
2014 - 2016 Member, Historic Columbia River Highway 2016 Centennial Committee
2007 - 2010 Board Member, Goose Hollow Foothills League
2007 - 2010 Board Member, Neighbors West, Northwest (neighborhood association coalition)
2003 - 2009 Board Member, Transition Projects
2005 - 2007 Board Member, Native American Art Council (Portland Art Museum)
2002 - 2004 Faculty Representative, Faculty Senate, Portland State University
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Honors and Awards

  • 2018 La Napoule Art Foundation (international arts/writer’s residency)
  • 2015 NW Examiner Community Award (as a board member for Friends of Goose Hollow)
  • 2012 NW Examiner Historic Preservation Award
  • 2000 People to People Ambassador to South Africa
  • 1999 International Council for Canadian Studies Fellowship
  • 1992-97 Richard H. Larson and Regents Fellowships--U of Nebraska
  • 1994-1995 Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship

Education

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1997 Doctor of Philisophy (Ph.D.), University of Nebraska - Lincoln ‐ English (Cultural Studies)
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19921994 University of Oxford ‐ International Literature Programme
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1992 Master of Arts (M.A,), University of Nebraska at Omaha ‐ English
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1992 Bachelor of Science (B.S.), University of the State of New York ‐ Regents College
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Books (4)

Book Chapters (10)

Articles (9)

Opinion Editorials (Op-eds) (9)