List of Portland State University people
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This list of Portland State University people includes graduates of the Portland State University as well as former students who studied at the university but did not obtain a degree.
- 1 Academia
- 2 Architecture and design
- 3 Business and finance
- 4 Civil society
- 5 Fine arts and entertainment
- 6 History and humanities
- 7 Journalism and media
- 8 Politics and law
- 9 Science, technology, and psychology
- 10 Sports
- 11 References
- Peter Boghossian – assistant professor of philosophy (non-tenure track), Portland State University
- Hans G. Furth – professor emeritus of psychology at The Catholic University of America
- Peter A. Griffin – mathematician, professor at California State University-Sacramento
- Michael Kazin – historian, professor at Georgetown University
- Thomas Talbott – professor emeritus of philosophy, Willamette University
- Jack Ernest Vincent – professor emeritus of political science, University of Idaho
- Dali Yang – professor of political science, the University of Chicago
Architecture and design
Business and finance
- D. Scott Davis – chairman and CEO of UPS
- Sho Dozono – businessman, CEO of Azumano Travel
- Mike Erickson – entrepreneur
- Judi Hofer – executive CEO, The May Department Stores Company
- Darren Kimura – entrepreneur, inventor of MicroCSP
- Phil Knight – co-founder and chairman of Nike, Inc.
- Steven Smith – teamaker and entrepreneur, founder of Tazo Tea Company
- Norm Winningstad – businessman and engineer
- Harry Anastasiou – pioneer in peace-building initiatives
- Musse Olol – social activist and recipient of the Director's Community Leadership Award (DCLA)
- Paul Popham – gay rights activist, founder of Gay Men's Health Crisis; Vietnam war veteran
- Robert Robideau – Native American activist, acquitted in 1975 shooting deaths of two FBI agents in South Dakota
Fine arts and entertainment
Film, television, and performing arts
- Jessica Carlson – Miss Oregon USA winner
- Mark Dacascos - actor and martial artist
- Karl Glusman – actor
- Katie Harman – 2002 Miss America
- Terence Knox – actor
- Jennifer Lyon – competitor on Survivor: Palau
- Holly Madison – Playboy model, Reality TV Star "The Girls Next Door"
- Caroline McGowan – actress, Miss Oregon winner; Miss America competitor
- Kari Ann Peniche – Miss Teen USA winner
- Rick Reynolds – comedian, Only the Truth Is Funny
- Sara Jean Underwood – Playboy model, actress
- Erin Way – actress
- Jean M. Auel – author of The Clan of the Cave Bear
- Francisco Laguna Correa – writer, awarded the National Literary Prize of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language
- Walt Curtis - poet, painter, author of Mala Noche, which was made into a film by Gus Van Sant
- Michael Dickman – poet, recipient of Alfred Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University
- David James Duncan – novelist, essayist; author of The River Why
- Michael Hornburg – author
- Christopher Howell – poet, editor, two-time National Endowment Fellowship winner
- Ted Newsom – screenwriter and producer
- Pierre Ouellette – science fiction author
- Mike Richardson – publisher and founder of Dark Horse Comics
- Deborah J. Ross – science fiction and fantasy author
- John Sibley Williams – poet, publisher
- Aminé – hip-hop artist
- Mel Brown - jazz drummer, worked with Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye
- Ken Butler – experimental musician
- Dave Carter – folk musician
- Jack Ely – vocalist and musician, The Kingsmen; singer of "Louie Louie" (1963)
- Issa – singer, songwriter and producer signed with Akon
- Courtney Love – vocalist and guitarist, frontwoman of alternative rock band Hole
- Farnell Newton, composer and jazz trumpeter
- Rob Simonsen – film composer
- Lawrence Leighton Smith – conductor and pianist
- Esperanza Spalding – jazz musician
- Nancy Wilson – rock musician, lead singer of Heart
- Holly Andres – photographer
- Howard Ben Tré – glass artist
- John Callahan – cartoonist, creator of Pelswick
- Carolyn Davidson – graphic designer, creator of the Nike swoosh
- Ann Gardner - glass artist
- Steve Gaynor – game designer, BioShock 2
- Anne Hughes – art patron, gallery owner, restaurateur
- Ariana Jacob – contemporary artist
- Lee Kelly – sculptor
- Travis Knight – animator, president and CEO of LAIKA
- Jack Ohman – editorial cartoonist for The Oregonian
- Bill Plympton – animator
- Laura Ross-Paul – contemporary painter
History and humanities
- Lee D. Baker – cultural anthropologist, professor at Duke University
- Chet Orloff – historian, director emeritus of Oregon Historical Society
- Mark Weber – historian, director of Institute for Historical Review
- Amos Yong – Pentecostal theologian
Journalism and media
- Kambiz Hosseini – political satirist, radio host
- Paul Linnman – television news reporter and host, radio host
- Michael Moynihan – journalist, author; Lords of Chaos
- Ebbert Webber – photojournalist
- Mike Bivins – freelance journalist focusing on civil unrest.
Politics and law
Presidents and other heads of state
- Joseph LeBaron – former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar
- Marisa Lino – former U.S. Ambassador to Albania
- Barbara Roberts – 34th Governor of Oregon
- Anna J. Brown – U.S. federal judge
- Paul De Muniz – Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice
- R. William Riggs – former Oregon Supreme Court justice
- Betty Roberts – first woman to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals
- Margaret Carter – Democratic member of Oregon House of Representatives and Senate
- Joe DeLaCruz – Native American program leader, elected president of National Congress of American Indians
- Al Densmore – Democratic member Oregon House of Representatives, 50th district (later became a Republican)
- Richard Devlin – Democratic member of Oregon House of Representatives and Senate
- Margaret Doherty – Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, 35th district
- Joe Gallegos – Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, 13th district
- Avel Gordly – first African American woman elected to the Oregon Senate
- Chris Gorsek – Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, 49th district
- Jim Moeller – Washington House of Representatives, Washington's 49th district
- Charles Moose – former police chief for Montgomery County, Maryland, one of the sites of the Beltway Sniper attacks
- Ron Packard – Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, California's 43rd district
- Chuck Riley – Member of the Oregon House of Representatives, Oregon Senate
Science, technology, and psychology
- John Hughes – pioneer in school-based alcohol and drug prevention efforts
- Mohammad Aslam Khan Khalil – theoretical physicist, Outstanding Scientist Award (2004) winner
- David Maier – chairman of the program committee of ACM SIGMOD ACM Fellow
- Fariborz Maseeh – pioneer in the field of micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) and philanthropist who founded IntelliSense in 1991
- Jill Mikucki – microbiologist, Antarctic researcher
- Paul Shattuck – autism researcher at Drexel University
- Ivan Sutherland – director, Asynchronous Research Center (ARC); computer science and Internet pioneer, Turing award winner
- Jeff Lahti – retired Major League Baseball pitcher and 1982 World Series Champion
- Steve Olin – late Major League Baseball pitcher
- Gordon Riese – Portland State pitcher and Pac-10 referee
- Paul Schrieber – Major League Baseball umpire
- Tom Trebelhorn – Major League Baseball manager
- Ime Udoka – assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association
- Freeman Williams – retired National Basketball Association guard
- Shaun Bodiford – football wide receiver, New York Giants; Oakland Raiders
- Kameron Canaday – NFL player
- Tony Curtis – backup tight end for the Dallas Cowboys
- Clint Didier – former NFL tight end, Super Bowl XVII Champion
- Dan Frantz – football player for the Chicago Rush
- Adam Hayward – linebacker for Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Darick Holmes – former NFL running back
- June Jones – head football coach, Southern Methodist University
- Neil Lomax – National Football League quarterback, played for St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals (1981–89)
- Jordan Senn – linebacker for Carolina Panthers
- DeShawn Shead – safety for the 2014 Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks 
- Dave Stief – football wide receiver, St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Redskins
- Julius Thomas – tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Bree Schaaf Boyer – U.S. Olympic bobsledder, 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver BC
- Evan Jager – distance runner
- Dave Jansen – wrestler and mixed martial artist
- Mike Pierce – two-time All-American wrestler; professional mixed martial artist, formerly competed in the UFC
- Richard Sanders – wrestler, NCAA, FILA and Summer Olympics
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- Damewood, Andrea (2013-03-20). "Hotseat: Michael Kazin". Willamette Weekly. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- "Go to Hell?! A Debate about the Eternal State of the Wicked". Malone University. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- "China: Political Economy & Governance". 2013-08-24. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- "BaSiC Initiative / Sergio Palleroni". Archived from the original on 13 April 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- 2008 CEO Compensation for D. Scott Davis Archived 2014-01-17 at the Wayback Machine., Equilar.com
- "Portland State Board of Trustees". PDX.edu. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- AFMS - Transportation Intelligence is our Business Archived 2008-10-06 at the Wayback Machine.
- Friedman, Nicole; Gunderson, Laura; Schmidt, Brad (December 15, 2013). "Judi Hofer, former Meier & Frank executive, passes away at 73". The Oregonian/OregonLive. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
- "Darren T. Kimtura - Technology Entrepreneur". Darren T. Kimtura.com. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
- "Alumni in the News: Portland designer describes creation of Nike Swoosh". 2014-01-24.
- Cizmar, Martin (2015-03-24). "Steven Smith, Portland's Iconic Teamaker, Died Monday". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- Smith, Rob (November 25, 2010). "Norm Winningstad dies at age 85". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
- Rosentham, Andrew (May 8, 1987). "Paul Popham, 45, a founder of AIDS organization, dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
- "Paul Popham, AIDS activist". Los Angeles Times. May 9, 1987. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
- via Associated Press. "American Indian activist Robideau dies at 61", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 20, 2009. Accessed February 21, 2009.
- "Portland State's Own Jessica Carlson to Compete in Next Week's Miss USA Contest" (Press release). Portland State University. April 5, 2005. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
- "Mark Dacascos - Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- Kuchwara, Michael (June 16, 1991). "Life Stories and Laughter". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. Retrieved February 25, 2010.
- "Playmate makes film appearance". 2009-02-13. Archived from the original on 2009-02-20.
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- "Teachers". Acting Classes with Emily: Teacher. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
Erin Way studied Shakespeare and theater at Portland State University, and vocal training in Vancouver, B.C. In Los Angeles she has continued her study with Joan Scheckel, Steppenwolf Theater West, and Will Wallace. In addition, she has taught for The Will Wallace Acting Company and SAG Conservatory.
- Website of the El Cuento en Red, Revista Electrónica de Estudios sobre la Ficción Breve. "Interview with Francisco Laguna Correa (in Spanish)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-17.
- Del Valle, Simon (2015-05-13). "Mala Noche to Mortlandia: Walt Curtis on Gus Van Sant and City Hall". The Rear Guard. Retrieved 2015-09-08.
- "Michael Dickman: 2009 Hodder Fellow". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- Tischler, Nancy M. Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Fiction: From C.S. Lewis to Left Behind. p. 109.
- Mannion, Annemarie (August 14, 2015). "'The Curse of Downers Grove' movie to be released Aug. 21". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
- "Christopher Howell". Oregon Poetic Voices. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- Peck, Dennis (2008-10-16). "Portland State gets a whole lot of Dark Horse". Oregon Live. Retrieved 2015-09-08.
- Kirkland, Kathryn (2010-06-10). "Portland State Portland State Magazine: News: Fanfare: Spring 2010". Retrieved 13 July 2010.
- "3 Days in Portland featuring AMINE". McMenamins. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
- "Jazz Camp". Mel Brown Jazz Camp. Archived from the original on 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
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- "Issa's Global Conspiracy" Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine.. Willamette Week
- Kennedy, Dana (1994-08-12). "The Power of Love". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
- "Portland State University: Notable Alumni". Portland State University Blog. 2008-01-28. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-11-24.
- "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - Cast & Crew - Rob Simonsen". Focus Features. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- de Barros, Paul (2008-01-15). "A hopeful outlook for jazz". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 2008-10-11.
- Slessler, Matthew (September 24, 2009). "Still Crazy on You". Portland Mercury. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
- "Holly Andres Biography". Artnet. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
- Goodale, Gloria (2000). "Artist forms meaning in poured glass". Christian Science Monitor. Christian Science Publishing Society. 92 (61): 20. Retrieved 1 Jul 2011.
- Dungca, Nicole; and Molly Hottle, "Cartoonist kept humor to the end", The Oregonian, 26 July 2010, p. B6.
- "President & CEO, LAIKA". Retrieved 9 October 2014.
- Saker, Anne (2010-01-11). "Portland State prof takes on a new kind of museum: one on the Internet using a Wikipedia model". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
- "Amos Yong". Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- Bahrampour, Tara (2011-01-11). "To Iran's dismay, TV satire is a hit". Bend Bulletin. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- Murphy, Francis (January 18, 1978). "Behind the Mike: 'Evening' show get new host". The Oregonian. p. C23.
- "Ebbert T. (Bert) Webber (1921-2006)". oregonencyclopedia.org.
- State department bio of Joseph LeBaron
- "U.S. Envoy "Thrilled to Return to Qatar"". Retrieved 9 October 2014.
- "PSU Salutes". Portland State University. Archived from the original on January 20, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2010.
- Carter, Steven (October 11, 1998). "Margaret Carter". The Oregonian.
- Anderson, Ross (2000-04-18). "Quinault Indian leader Joe DeLaCruz dies". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2015-09-08.
- "The candidates", The Oregonian, April 20, 2006, Graphics, p. 7.
- "Portland State University Department of Computer Science Faculty". Retrieved 16 Jan 2011.
- "ACM: Fellows Award / David Maier". Retrieved 16 Jan 2011.
- "Asynchronous Research Center". Retrieved 16 Jan 2010.
- "ACM Award Citation / Ivan Sutherland". Retrieved 16 Jan 2011.
- "Umpires: Roster". Major League Baseball.
- "Clint Didier". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
- "Deshawn Shead: The Official Website". Retrieved May 12, 2014.
- "Julius Thomas, tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars".
- Bachman, Rachel (February 22, 2010). "2010 Winter Olympics: Former Portland State volleyball player Bree Schaaf pursues medal in U.S. bobsled". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
- "World Extreme Cagefighting: Dave Jansen". Retrieved July 26, 2010.
- "Mike Pierce UFC Bio". Retrieved September 22, 2014.
- "Oregon Olympic wrestler dies". The Bulletin (Bend). October 20, 1972. Retrieved February 7, 2012.