Dr. Kathy Ogren assumed the academic helm at the University of Redlands as Provost in June 2015 after four years of service as Dean and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to her work in the Dean’s Office, Ogren was a devoted faculty member in the History Department, and the Director of the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies from 1999-2007.
Kathy graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in American Studies from Scripps College, and then earned a Ph.D. in History from Johns Hopkins University. She held the Virginia C. Hunsaker Chair in Distinguished Teaching at the University of Redlands from 2005-2011.
Ogren’s teaching and research spans two decades, with an emphasis on historical and cultural changes situated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Often combining history, literature and music in her classes, Ogren regularly offers courses in American and African American History, Women’s History, Jazz and Blues Studies, and The Modern American West. She has taught in the Proudian Honors Program, and regularly contributes to the Women's and Gender Studies program and Race and Ethnic Studies program.
Ogren is the author of The Jazz Revolution: Twenties America and the Meaning of Jazz; and with Bill McDonald, Hard Travelin' and Still Havin' a Good Time: Innovative Learning and Living at the Johnston Center, 1979-2004. Most recently, Ogren published “Out of the Father’s House into a Community of Readers,” in Encountering Disgrace: Reading and Teaching Coetzee’s Novel. Selected as a LENS Fellow at the University of Redlands in 2010, Ogren is at work on a GIS enhanced project entitled “Roots/Routes Music and Poetry in the North American West.”
Long fascinated with the social significance of vernacular cultural forms, in particular jazz, blues, and cowboy poetry and music, Ogren values learning communities in which improvisational exchanges both transmit and create knowledge. As dean, Ogren sought collaboratively to engage such improvisation with students, faculty colleagues, and administrators. Kathy is committed to continued collaborative engagement in her role as the Provost.