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Dale SodenDale Soden

Director, Weyerhaeuser Center

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4433
Fax: 509.777.3711
Office Location: Weyerhaeuser Hall 210 J


Ph.D., M.A. University of Washington
B.A. Pacific Lutheran University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

American intellectual history; Pacific Northwest history; American religious history

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Author of Outsiders in a Promised Land: Religious Activists in Pacific Northwest History (2015, OSU Press); Historic Photos of Washington State (2008, Turner Publishing); The Reverend Mark Matthews: An Activist in the Progressive Era (2000); and A Venture of Mind and Spirit: An Illustrated History of Whitworth University (1990, updated 2010).

Other publications include an article, “The Role of Religious Activists in the Seattle Civil Rights Struggles of the 1960s,” in Pacific Northwest Quarterly (Spring 2013); a book review of Crusader Nation: The United States in Peace and the Great War, 1898-1920, in Books and Culture (May/June 2009); a book review of Race, Religion, Region: Landscapes of the Encounter in the American West in Oregon Historical Quarterly (2008); an article, "Shaping the Public Square: Protestants and Catholics in the History of the Pacific Northwest" in Word and World: Theology for Christian Ministry (2004, Luther Theological Seminary); a book chapter, "Contesting for the Soul of an Unlikely Land: Mainline Catholics, Protestants and Jews Who Have Shaped the Pacific Northwest," in Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone (2004, Altamira Press); an entry, "Seattle Chapter of Congress of Racial Equality," for Black Past.Org (Encyclopedia of African American History), University of Washington (2010); and a biographical entry, "Thomas Lamb Eliot," for the online Oregon Encyclopedia of History (2010).

Presentations include "The Role of Religion in the Civil Rights Movement in Portland and Seattle," at the Conference on Race, Radicalism, and Repression, University of Washington (2011); "The Role of Religion in the Ku Klux Klan in Oregon and Washington," at the Faith and History Conference, Portland, Ore. (2010); "Teaching Courage in the Vietnam War," at the Conference on the Cardinal Virtues, Viterbo University, LaCrosse, Wis. (2008). Served as executive consultant and historical consultant for In Time of War, a documentary about Japanese-Americans during WWII.