Meet the Faculty

Terrie Aamodt

Professor of History

Office: Administration Building, 236

Phone: (509) 527-2784


Teaching: U. S. History, American Government, Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial and Revolutionary America, Recent American History, The Vietnam War, Science and the Arts, the African-American Experience. American History and Visual Culture, Baseball and American Popular Culture.

Specialty: Civil War and Reconstruction; visual culture.

Publications: Righteous Armies, Holy Cause: Apocalyptic Imagery and the Civil War (Mercer University, 2002). 

Bold Venture: A History of Walla Walla College  (College Place, 1992),

"Out of Thee, O England, Will a Bright Star Arise': Mother Ann Lee and the English Origins of the Shakers," in The Development of Pluralism in Modern Britain and France.  Peter Lang, 2007.

"Satchel Paige and the Integration of Baseball," in Satchel Paige and Company.  McFarland, 2007.

"Religion," in American History Through Literature 1820-1870.  Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006.

Current Research: American religious women; barnstorming and improvisation.


Awards: President's Award for Excellence in Research, 2002.  President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1999.  Burlington Northern Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1988.  Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, 1994.

Education: Ph.D., American and New England Studies, Boston University, 1986.

M.A., English, The College of William and Mary, 1978.

Interests: Family adventure travel; skiing.


Montgomery Buell

Professor of History

Office: Administration Building, 232

Phone: (509) 527-2065


Teaching: U.S. History, American Intellectual History, American Economy, Emergence of Modern America.

Specialty: Twentieth-century American economic, labor, and environmental history.

Publications: Montgomery Buell, Editor. Status of Pacific Salmon and Their Role in North Pacific Ecosystems. (Vancouver, BC: North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, 2007).

Presentations:  “A Consuming Faith:  The Economic Consequences of Cultural Values,” Walla Walla University Faculty Interdisciplinary Colloquium, April 2009. 

“A Woman’s Place is Sliming Fish:  Work Cultures in Alaska’s Commercial Fisheries,” Pacific Northwest History Conference, Portland, OR, May 2006.

Awards: President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008

Service:  Member of the U.S. Delegation to the North Pacifc Anadromous Fish Commission.

Member of the steering committee for “Global Change, Local Challenge:  A Community Conference on How We Can Prepare for the Local Impacts of Global Warming and Declining Oil Production,” Walla Walla, November 2007.


Gregory Dodds

Department Chair

Professor of History

Office: Administration Building, 233

Phone: (509) 527-2851


Teaching: Medieval and early modern Europe, science and the enlightenment, women and society in early modern Europe, faith and conflict in reformation England, history of Christianity, history of England, western civilization, western thought, and summer study tours in England.

Specialties: Early Modern Europe, the History of Christianity, Desiderius Erasmus, post-reformation England. 

Recent Publications and Presentations:

Book: Exploiting Erasmus: the Erasmian Legacy and Religious Change in Early Modern England. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009

"Lancelot Andrewes and the Legacy of English Humanism at the Early Stuart Court." Paper given at Renaissance Society of America conference in Los Angeles, April 2009.

"Nothing New Under the Sun? Truth and Uncertainty in Christian History." Walla Walla University Distinguished Faculty Lecture. 2008-09.

"Erasmus' Paraphrases, anti-Calvinism, and the seventeenth century debate about the English Reformation," Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook, Vol. 27 (2007), 59-69.

"Thomas More, Censorship, and the English Civil War." Invited paper given at the Triennial International Thomas More Conference: Thomas More, Man of Letters. Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, August 2007.

“‘Puritane Punke:’ Rewriting Erasmus in Early Seventeenth-Century England,” in Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook, 2006. 

Current Research: Knowledge, Rhetoric and Popularity in Restoration England.

Education: Ph.D. History - Claremont Graduate University (2004). M.B.A - Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management (2000).

Other Activities: Dodds is on the speakers bureau for Inquiring Minds at Humanities Washington. He is an executive officer of the Erasmus of Rotterdam Society.

Interests: Family, travel, golf, water sports.


Linda Emmerson

Instructor of Philosophy

Office: Administration Building, 235

Phone: (509) 527-2492


Teaching: Introduction to Philosophy, Essentials of Critical Reasoning, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy, and Philosophy Seminar.

Specialty: Ethics in Ancient Philosophy.

Current Areas of Research and Presentation: The relevance of the moral theories of Aristotle, Epicurus, and Epictetus for contemporary ethical discourse. The influence of ancient Greek and Roman thinkers upon the formation of Christian doctrine.


Interests: Spending time with family, cooking, needlework, quilting, hiking.

Terry Gottschall

Professor of History

Office: Administration Building, 227

Phone: (509) 527-2863


Teaching: Western Civilization, Western Thought, Modern European History, Classical History, and East Asian History.

Specialty: 19th-century German naval history.

Publications: By the Order of the Kaiser: Otto von Diederichs and the Rise of the Imperial German Navy, 1865-1902 (Naval Institute Press, 2003), "The Kaiser Surveys Puget Sound" (Columbia, Spring, 1999), "'Go for Them with a Mailed Fist:' Otto von Diederichs and the Seizure of Kiao-chou, 1897" (International Journal of Maritime History, June, 2003), and several other articles.

Awards: Teacher of the Year Award at Andrews University (1982); the Zapara Award for Excellence in Teaching (1991); and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Walla Walla College (2004).

Education: MA - Washington State University, 1975.
Thesis Title: The State Ascendant: Church State Relations During the Reign of Otto the Great, 936-973.

Ph.D. - Washington State University, 1981. 
Dissertation: Germany and the Spanish-American War, 1898: A Case Study in Navalism and Imperialism.

Interests: Notgeld, and early history of baseball in the Walla Walla Valley.

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