Kathy Ogren

Provost & Chief Academic Officer

Degrees: Professor Kathy Ogren graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Scripps College, where she earned a B.A. in American Studies and Humanities. She earned a PhD in History from The Johns Hopkins University.

Office: Provost/Chief Academic Officer, Administration Bldg

Phone: 909/748-8359



Areas of Expertise

She writes and teaches on a variety of interdisciplinary subjects, including jazz studies and cowboy poetry.

Professional Background

Ogren is the author of "The Jazz Revolution: Twenties America and the Meaning of Jazz," (1989) which won an ASCAP Deems Taylor prize, and the co-editor with William McDonald of "Hard Travelin’ and Still Havin’ Good Time: Innovative Living and Learning in the Johnston Center, 1979-2004." (2004) Most recently, she reviewed "Subversive Sounds: Race and the Birth of Jazz in New Orleans" for the Journal of American Studies, and published “Out of the Father’s House into a Community of Readers,” in Encountering Disgrace: Reading and Teaching Coetzee’s Novel, ed., William McDonald, Camden House, 2009. She researches and writes on jazz and American culture and cowboy poetry and music. She serves as an editor on the H-Net Southern Music list serve. Formerly the Director of the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, she continues to hold the Hunsaker Teaching Chair. In summer 2009, Ogren was selected to participate in the Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute on Slave Narratives at Yale University.

Courses Offered at Redlands

I’ve taught close to fifty different courses at Redlands, most of which engage interdisciplinary study of American history, literature, and music. I have particular expertise in American Studies, Jazz Studies, American cultural and social history from 1879-1940, and cultural history of the 20th century North American West. The most recent offerings include:

  • Modern African American History
  • Primary Witness in Women’s History
  • Gendered Nature
  • Jazz and Blues Literature
  • The Johnston Integrated Semester
  • Lost and Found Generations: America Between the Wars
  • The Johnston First Year Seminar
  • Designing Women
  • Golden Ages
  • Proudian Senior Seminar: Call and Response, Music and American Culture

Degrees Held

  • Scripps College
    B.A. in American Studies and Humanities, Phi Beta Kappa
  • The Johns Hopkins University
    PhD in History 

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland, 1982-1985
  • Part-time Instructor, The Park School, Brooklandville, Maryland, 1980-1981
  • Junior Instructor, History of Occidental Civilization: 1650-1950. The Johns Hopkins University, 1978-1979

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • Virginia C. Hunsaker Chair, Distinguished Teaching, University of Redlands 2005-present
  • Armacost Award for Faculty Service, University of Redlands Alumni Association, 2001
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Redlands, 1996
  • American Society of Composers and Teachers (ASCAP) Deems Taylor Award for "The Jazz Revolution: Twenties America and the Meaning of Jazz"
  • Outstanding Research Award, University of Redlands, 1990
  • Graves Foundation Research Fellowship, 1990-92
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Grant, declined for participation in an NEH Summer Seminar at the same time, 1990
  • University of Redlands Haynes Fellow, summer 1987
  • University Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, 1977-1986
  • Edward H. White Prize in American Studies, Scripps College, 1977

Publications, Presentations and Panels

Gilder Larum Summer Institute on Slave Narratives, with Dr. David Blight, Yale University, June 2009

“Living-Learning Challenges for Millennial Studies,” a panel presentation with Julie Townsend and Greg Salyer at the Association of New American Colleges annual meeting, Elon University June 2007

“Evidence, Analysis, Story: Intertextual Creation of A “Remembering Atmosphere.” Presented at The Amerian Historical Association annual meeting, January 2007, in a teaching roundtable session entitled “Fiction and History”

One Hundred Years of Women’s History at the University of Redlands. A Centennial High Table presented with Professors Susan Traverso and Jennifer Nelson. March 2007.

Participation in a poster session on best practices, featuring the Hunsaker Teaching Programs, Association of New American Colleges annual meeting, Springfield, Missouri, June 2005

“What’s a Genius?: Twenty-Five Students Meditate on the Faces of Louis Armstrong,” a paper presented to the 2001 North Carolina Jazz Festival, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Symposium “Celebrating Louis Armstrong,” March 2, 2001

Presentations to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), “Assessment of Student Learning in Contract-Based Education, April 1999, and by invitation, repeated in April 2000

“Why They Rope for Short Pay: Oral History as Context for Contemporary Cowboy Poetry,” paper presented to the Southwest Oral History Association, Pasadena, CA, April 1997

Presided over session, “Race, Gender, and Nationality in American Popular Music 1890-1945,” Organization of American Historians Annual meeting, Chicago, IL, March 30, 1996

“Creating Giants and Knocking Them Down to Size: Jazz Life Stories” a lecture delivered at the Imagining a Century of Jazz Symposium, sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz Centennial Celebration. I also participated in the “Meaning of Jazz in American Life” panel, September 1995

Commentator on “Women and Jazz,” session at Western Association of Women Historians Conference XXVI, Asilomar, CA, June 1995

“Narrative Strategies in Miles: The Autobiography” Presented at the Miles Davis and American Culture Conference, Sponsored by American and African American Studies Programs, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, April 1995

“Jam Sessions and Cutting Contests: Intertextuality and Western Oral Traditions,” presented to the Organization of American Historians, April 1993

“Migration and Improvisation: Crossing Musical Boundaries in the Southwest,” presented to the American Studies Association, November 1992

“Jazz Autobiographies as Improvisational Narratives: Reading Jelly Roll Morton, Buck Clayton, and Miles Davis,” American Studies Guest Lecturer Series, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, March 1992

Professional Affiliations

  • Organization of American Historians
  • Western Folkife Center
  • American Studies Association

How large is the main campus?
160 acres

The campus of the University of Redlands covers 160 acres.