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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

Editor of the book Historic Photos of Washington State (2008, Turner Publishing). Author of 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).

Publications include: 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); author of "Seattle Chapter of Congress of Racial Equality," for Black Past.Org (Encyclopedia of African American History), University of Washington (2010); author of "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, Wisc. (2008). Served as executive consultant and historical consultant for In Time of War, a documentary about Japanese-Americans during WWII.

Interviewed by Washington state archivist Jerry Handfield at the TVW Studios, in Olympia. Discussed the themes of power and transportation in his collection of historic photos of Washington state. Interview available at:

Reviewed two manuscripts - Love Family Israel, by Charles LeWarne, and Judaism in the Pacific States, by Eisenberg and Toll - for the University of Washington Press (2007); principal speaker at Pacific Lutheran Summer Theological Conference (2007); chair of session on Religion in the Pacific Northwest at the Pacific Northwest History Conference (2007).

Awards: Sears Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching and Campus Leadership, Whitworth (1991); Most Promising Teacher of the Year, Oklahoma Baptist University (1984).