University of Portland

John Orr PhD

English, Emeritus Assistant Provost, Professor

John Orr PhD



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Dr. Orr teaches American literature. His scholarly interests reside in late 19th and early 20th-century American literature and culture, including on-going work on Henry Adams, several women writers of the era and, most recently, the early Native American writer, Mourning Dove. In addition to American literature, Orr is a student of World War I and modern China, and he often takes students on study abroad trips that explore those topics. In the fall of 2015, Orr was a Fulbright Scholar to China, where he taught American literature at Northeast Normal University in Changchun. Dr. Orr is also Assistant Provost, in charge of the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement. Despite his administrative obligations, he continues to teach courses in the English Department and advise English majors. View his publications.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Duke University
  • Master of Arts, University of Oklahoma
  • Bachelor of Arts, Hardin-Simmons University