Russ Dondero

Russ DonderoProfessor Emeritus
Department of Politics and Government

Contact information

Office: Marsh Hall, University Advancement Office
Phone: 503.352.2186
Fax:  503.352.2250


Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1973, in political science
M.A.  University of Minnesota, 1969, in political science
B.A. Whitman College, 1964, in political science


Professor Dondero's teaching interests include courses in American politics & government.  He was the advisor to PLF, and advised students on internships. He is also the founder and coordinator of the annual Tom McCall Forum. He also taught courses on the politics of health care and the politics of education as an adjunct Professor at Portland State University.  Professor Dondero has won the Honor of Merit Award, is a co-recipient along with Professor Emeritus H. Joe Story of the Story/Dondero endowed grant award, and was awarded by Pacific political science alums a scholarship in his name to support undergraduate internships.

Publications and Professional Work

Professor Dondero is co-author of two chapters in Oregon Politics and Government:  Progressives versus Conservative Populists (University of Nebraska Press, Spring, 2005).

Recent Media Appearances

Professor Dondero is regularly sought as a commentator on Oregon and US politics by local, state and national media:

Extracurricular Activities

Professor Dondero lives in Forest Grove.  He is an avid golfer, collector/operator of S-gauge model trains, and blogger.