Steven Beda, Department of History

Academic Areas:
Labor History, Environmental History, 20th Century US History, Pacific Northwest Timber Industry, History of Forestry, History of Rural Politics and Rural Protest Movements

Steven Beda an academic expert in Pacific Northwest History, labor history, and environmental history. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor of history at the University of Oregon. His research specifically explores the history of workers in the Northwest’s timber industry and the ways rural communities have adapted to the region’s changing economy. He has also researched and written about the history of forestry, rural protest movements, and the rise of the Northwest’s militia movement.     


Recent Media:
Protests after Floyd’s death reach rural America (Politico, June 6, 2020)
Climate legislation protests in Pacific Northwest spotlight activist trucking group (Freight Waves, March 6, 2020)
The Oregon timber worker’s truth (The Register-Guard, Feb. 23, 2020)
Why the massacre at Centralia 100 years ago is critically important today (The Washington Post, Nov. 11, 2019)
In a break from the past, Oregon sheriffs change their approach to gun laws (Oregon Public Broadcasting, June 21, 2019)
Why the Seattle General Strike of 1919 should inspire a new generation of labor activists (The Conversation, Feb. 6, 2019)
Collaboration, not fighting, is what the rural West is really about (The Conversation, Oct. 25, 2018)
Rural Americans unprotected by Endangered Species Act (The Register-Guard, Aug. 5, 2018)
Six charts that illustrate the divide between rural and urban America (The Conversation, March 16, 2017)
A war, the chainsaw and the 2nd great cutting of the northwest (Oregon Public Broadcasting, Dec. 1, 2016)
Julia Ruuttila, progressive crusader (Crosscut, Aug. 8, 2016)
This isn’t the first time armed ranchers have seized government land in Oregon (Time, Jan. 15, 2016)