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Faculty bio-Bill Lang


Bill Lang

Ph.D. University of Delaware (1974)

Contact Info:
Cramer Hall 441-P
langw @


Fields of Expertise:
U.S. environmental history; public history; Pacific Northwest history.

Founding Director of the Center for Columbia River History (1990-2003),
founding partner of Oregon Encyclopedia of History & Culture,
member of John Day/Snake River Resource Advisory Council (Bureau of Land Management/U.S. Forest Service)

Series Editor of Culture & Environment in the Pacific West, Oregon State University Press

Author of:
Montana: Our Land & People (Denver: Pruett, 1979, 1989);
Montana: a History of Two Centuries [with Michael Malone & Richard Roeder] (Seattle: Univ. of Washington, 1991);
Confederacy of Ambition: William Winlock Miller and the Making of Washington Territory (Seattle: Univ. of Washington, 1996);
Two Centuries of Lewis & Clark: Reflections on the Voyage of Discovery [with Carl Abbot] (Portland: Oregon Historical Society, 2004);
Dam Sites: The Politics of Place and the Development of the Columbia River (under contract, Kansas University Press

Editor of:
Centennial West: Essays on the Northern Tier States (Seattle: Univ. of Washington, 1991);
A Columbia River Reader (Tacoma: Washington State Historical Society, 1992);
Stories from an Open Country: Essays on the Yellowstone Valley (
Billings, Mont: Western Heritage Press, 1995);
Great River of the West: Essays on the Columbia River [with Robert Carriker] (Seattle: Univ. of Washington, 1999)


Courses taught:

  • HST 336, Lewis and Clark and the American West
  • HST 339, The Environment and History
  • HST 409/509, Public History Seminar
  • HST 440/540, American Environmental History I
  • HST 441/541, American Environmental History II
  • HST 444/544, History of the Pacific Northwest
  • HST 496/596, Introduction to Public History