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Donna Sinclair

Teaching Areas

  • Mature Learning

Current Classes


Donna Sinclair is an adjunct History professor at WSU Vancouver, where she has taught the History of Women in the American West, Pacific Northwest History, U.S. History, and Public History. She also teaches at other regional institutions, including Portland State University, Western Oregon University, and for Oregon Humanities and Humanities Washington. Sinclair is an author, a member of the Washougal School District Board of Education, and a museum professional. She curated the 2018 “Clark County Stories” exhibit at the Clark County Historical Museum and facilitated the associated community conversations. She continues this work through a “Women in Politics” project as part of the centennial commemoration for woman suffrage in 2020. Dr. Sinclair holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from WSUV, and earned a Master’s degree in History and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University. Her co-written memoir, Black Women in Green: Gloria Brown’s Forest Service Journey is in publication at Oregon State University and forthcoming in February 2020. 

Sinclair has written for the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, presents community-based and academic oral history workshops, and has run several major oral history programs. Her community service centers around education and mentoring students and she has received several awards, including the K’EtSi-Yeu-Yeu Award from the Nez Perce Tribe in 1999, the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s Achievement Award in 2002, and the $20,000 Catherine Prelinger Award for non-traditional women historians in 2013.