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Mary Larson


Mary Larson

Mary Larson is the Doris Neustadt Professor of Library Service and Head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, and she came to OSU after working in oral history at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Nevada. She has served as a member of Council for the Oral History Association (2003-2006), filled two three-year terms on the board of the Southwest Oral History Association, and has chaired numerous committees for both organizations. Most recently, she served on the Oral History Association (OHA) task force which rewrote the professional standards and guidelines for the methodology, and in October 2011 she became President of OHA (2011-2013). She was the media review editor for The Oral History Review for five years, and she has been an editor for the H-Oralhist listserv since 2000. Her areas of interest include the intersections of anthropology and history, issues of shared authority, ethics and technology, and rural women's history. Among her oral history publications are a methodological chapter in the Handbook of Oral History and two books, Famiglia e Cucina: Stories and Recipes from Northwestern Nevada's Italian-American Community (2007) and We Were All Athletes: Women's Athletics at the University of Nevada (2011).

 

Ron McCoy

 


Ron McCoy

Ron McCoy is Professor of History at Oklahoma State University.  His research focuses on the Native American tribes of the Great Plains, especially the pictographic histories of the Lakotas of the north and the painted designs on the 19th century tipis and shields of Oklahoma’s Kiowas.  His publications include Kiowa Memories:  Images from Indian Territory and co-authorship of Tim McCoy Remembers the West (a recipient of the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, now the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum), and five single-topic issues of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Plateau journal (one of which received the Award of Distinction from the American Association of Museums).  He is currently working on In Dauntless Courage:  A Lakota Winter Count Saga, 1821-1890.  Since 1991 he has written a quarterly “Legal Briefs” column for American Indian Art Magazine, for which he also serves on the editorial advisory board.

Dennis Preston


Dennis R. Preston

Dennis R. Preston is Regents Professor, Oklahoma State University and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University and has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Hawaii, Arizona, Michigan, Copenhagen, and Berkeley and a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in Poland and Brazil. He was Director of the 2003 Linguistic Society of America Institute, President of the American Dialect Society, and has served on the Executive Boards of those societies and others, as well as the editorial boards of numerous journals and panels of granting agencies. He is a member of the advisory committees to several international research projects and is invited frequently for presentations in both academic and popular venues. His work focuses on sociolinguistics and dialectology, including four recent NSF grants, two in folk linguistics and two in language variation and change. His most recent book-length publications are, with Daniel Long, A handbook of perceptual dialectology, Volume II (2002), Needed research in American dialects (2003), with Brian Joseph and Carol G. Preston, Linguistic diversity in Michigan and Ohio (2005), with James Stanford, Variation in indigenous languages (2009), and with Nancy Niedzielski, A Reader in Sociophonetics (2010). He is a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, an Erskine Fellow of the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic in 2004.

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