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Brown, Autumn

Assistant Professor

Autumn Brown is a Research Professional with the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program and a Ph.D. Candidate in the university's Social Foundations of Education Department. Currently, she is also works as the IMLS Research Scholar for the Eddie Faye Gates Tulsa Race Massacre collection at the Helmerich Center for American Research, and a Tri-City Collective member--whose work is driven by a passion for social justice and creative expression. Autumn earned her Master's of Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, and her Bachelor's of Science degree from St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She has presented research at national conferences such as the American Educational Studies Association (AESA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Oral History Association (OHA), and has a published chapter titled "Breaking the silence: Black women's experience with abortion" in the book Womanish Black Girls: Women Resisting the Contradictions of Silence and Voice, winner of the 2019 AESA Critics' Choice Award and the 2020 SPE Outstanding Book Award. Other publications include research on policing black women’s bodies, Black women teacher activists and Oklahoma City’s school segregation history. Her dissertation is an educational biography of Clara Luper, an educational pioneer during the period of segregation. She hopes to foreground Black women's knowledge production and contributions to contemporary education in addition to working towards (re)presenting Oklahoma as a space for radical activism.

Caine, Tracy


Tracy Caine is a semi-retired professional from Oklahoma City. Before joining the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, he worked as a manufacturer’s representative in the consumer electronics industry, a sales representative and customer relations expert in both the industrial uniform industry and most recently the commercial tire market. Caine’s career in the sales industry provided him the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and hear generations of individual stories. In his work with the OOHRP, he is looking forward to recording and making accessible the fascinating stories of the people of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. Caine is also a community volunteer, lending his time to several charitable organizations.

Daglaris, Patrick

Assistant Professor

Patrick Daglaris is the archivist for the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the Oklahoma State University Library. His interests include digital preservation, collection management, and discoverability of audiovisual materials and community engagement by archival institutions.

Finchum, Tanya


Dr. Tanya Finchum is a Professor with the OOHRP and has been a member of the Edmon Low Library faculty since 1999. She has conducted over 450 oral history interviews, beginning in 2006, and has been the leader on projects featuring various narrators such as women legislators, cooperative extension educators, and Oklahomans working to sustain the Monarch butterfly population and other conservation efforts, just to name a few. She also contributes to the production workflow and discoverability efforts. Finchum, along with Dr. Alex Bishop, received the 2017 Elizabeth B. Mason Large Project Award from the Oral History Association for the Oklahoma 100 Year Life project that includes interviews with 111 centenarians. Additionally, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress awarded Finchum and her colleague, Juliana Nykolaiszyn, a 2011 Archie Green Fellowship to document circus related occupations. The project, The “Big Top” Show Goes On, won the 2013 Elizabeth B. Mason Small Project Award from the Oral History Association. Finchum is a 2017 Columbia Center for Oral History Summer Institute Fellow. She holds a doctorate in Family Relations and Child Development with an emphasis in gerontology from Oklahoma State University, a M.S. in Library Science from The University of Tennessee, a M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Social Work from East Tennessee State University.

Milligan, Sarah


Sarah Milligan is the Head of the OOHRP, overseeing the production, access, and preservation of the 1,700+ interviews in the collection. She has worked extensively in oral history outreach, including providing training for new interview production as well as technical assistance to oral history collection holders throughout the country. Before joining the OOHRP, Milligan was the Administrator for the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC), managing the KOHC's archive of over 10,000 oral history recordings, a long-standing statewide oral history granting program and an extensive outreach network. Milligan has expertise in archival preservation and access, and is a founding member of the Digital Public Library of America OKHub working group, has been an anchor trainer for the Library of Congress' Digital Preservation Outreach Education (DPOE) program and was the inaugural President for the Oklahoma Archivists Association. She has worked for over a decade in the public history and library/archives fields, and is a member of the 2011 class of the History Leadership Institute and the 2015 class of Harvard's Library Leadership in a Digital Age. Milligan has served on numerous committees for the Oral History Association (OHA) over the years, including co-chairing the 2018 Task Force to revise the longstanding OHA Principals and Best Practices and serving on the OHA Council. Milligan also currently serves on the Oklahoma Humanities Board of Trustees. She has her M.A. in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University and B.A. in English and German from Oklahoma City University.

Neurohr, Karen


Dr. Karen Neurohr is a Professor with the OOHRP where she helped launch the library’s early oral history project focused on chronicling the rich heritage, history, and traditions of OSU. She is the project leader for “Remembering Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel: Okie Poet and Dust Bowl Emigrant.” Her research has also included first-generation undergraduate library users’ experiences and perceptions of the academic library, and students’ and faculty perceptions of library service quality. She is the departmental project lead for ListenOK, an outreach initiative for creating and maintaining an online inventory of oral history interviews held in repositories throughout Oklahoma. Since joining the OSU Library in 2006, Neurohr has had extensive experience with community outreach, and she initiated and coordinated the award-winning Science Café OSU series of programs. Neurohr has completed The Oral History Center’s Advanced Oral History Summer Institute from the University of California at Berkeley and chaired the Mason Multi-Media Awards Committee for the Oral History Association. She is currently serving the university as secretary of the OSU Faculty Council. Neurohr holds a doctorate in Higher Education from Oklahoma State University, and an M.S. in Library and Information Studies from North Texas State University.

Pearson-Little Thunder, Julie

Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Julie Pearson-Little Thunder is a Visiting Assistant Professor with the OOHRP. She is the lead researcher for the Oklahoma Native Artist Project and the Chilocco History Project, which won the 2019 Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award from the Oral History Association. In 2020, she was awarded an Archie Green Fellowship through the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress supporting a documentation project focused on Immigrant Women Artists in Oklahoma. Pearson-Little Thunder has a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Theater, and has written four plays based on various OOHRP collections: The Circus Show, Can’t Turn Me Around, Women of True Grit, and Centenarians . She is the author of numerous articles about Native theater and the Native arts, and A Life Made With Artists: Doris Littrell and the Oklahoma Indian Art Scene (2016, RoadRunner Press).

White, Micki

Senior Editor

Micki White is an OSU alum and has worked at the OSU Library for more than twenty years. Serving as senior editor for OOHRP since its official inception in 2007, she also supervises the student employees, who are essential in the department’s overall function. Ensuring the quality of the interview transcripts is priority number one for her, in order to properly honor the stories of the amazing people of OSU and Oklahoma.

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Matthew Williams

Title: Graduate Research Assistant: Editor

Matthew Williams holds an MFA from Creighton University. He is currently pursuing his PhD in English at Oklahoma State University.

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Anika Benthem

Title: Student Editor

Anika Benthem is an OSU student pursuing a Biology degree. She is captivated by the beauty and complexity of the living world and hopes to share that wonder through teaching. Anika is interested in a variety of topics, including theology, language, ethics, evolution, and psychology. She enjoys editing for the OOHRP because she plays a part in accurately preserving Oklahoma voices for future study.

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Katanna Davis

Title: Graduate Research Assistant: Digital Curation

Katanna Davis is a second year PhD student in the Department of History. She enjoys working and doing research in archives and collections, along with data management work. Her research interests include women and gender, health and the environment, and bodies, medicine, and accessibility in the 20th century US.

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Teagan Dreyer

Title: Graduate Research Assistant: National Park Service Indigenous Women Storytelling Project

Teagan Dreyer is a Citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a PhD student in history. Her research interests and fields of study include Native American history, Native American boarding schools, and self-determination efforts in Native communities through education.

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Ashley Santoyo

Title: Digital Project Intern

Ashley Santoyo is a sophomore at OSU.

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Bethany Merino

Title: Podcsting Intern

Bethany Merino is from Carrollton, Texas, and is pursuing a double major in Strategic Communications and English. She is involved in the Strategic Communications club and plays violin in the OSU Symphony Orchestra. Bethany enjoys working for OOHRP because she loves storytelling and helping the amazing stories from OOHRP's collections reach a wider audience.

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