Melinda Marie Jetté, Ph.D

Associate Professor of History

Melinda Jette's Bio Photo


B.A., History and French, Catholic University of America, 1991
M.A., History, Universite Laval, 1996
Ph.D, History, University of British Columbia, 2004

Phone: (603) 899-4287

Courses Taught
  • U.S History Survey
  • European History Survey
  • World History Survey
  • Latin America
  • American Environmental History
  • Introduction to Public History
  • American West
  • Native American History
  • Oral History
  • National Parks
  • Archival Methods
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local and Community History
  • History and the World Wide Web
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • American West
  • Native American History
  • French North Americans
  • Pacific Northwest History
  • Public History

Honors & Awards

2015:  Fellow, Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents

2011:  Joel Palmer Award, Oregon Historical Quarterly

2008:  Honorable Mention, Joel Palmer Award, Oregon Historical Quarterly

1997-2001: University Graduate Fellowship, University of British Columbia

Publications and Presentations


Jette, Melinda Marie. At the Hearth of the Crossed Races: A French-Indian Community in Nineteenth-Century Oregon, 1812-1859. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2015.

Book Chapters/Articles:

Jette, Melinda Marie and Carol Williams. Forum Introduction: "Gender and Indigenous-Immigrant Encounters and Entanglements." Women's History Review 2018 (forthcoming).

Jette, Melinda Marie. "Dislodging Oregon's History from its Mythical Mooring: Reflections on Death and the Settling and Unsettling of Oregon." Oregon Historical Quarterly 115:3 (Fall 2014): 444-445.

Fisher, Andrew and Melinda Marie Jette. "Now You See Them Now You Don't: Chinook Tribal Affairs and the Struggle for Federal Recognition." In Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia River. Edited by Robert T. Boyd, Kenneth M. Ames, and Tony A. Johnson. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2013, 288-306.

Jette, Melinda Marie. "Betwixt and Between the Official Story: Tracing the History and Memory of a Family of French-Indian Ancestry in the Pacific Northwest." Oregon Historical Quarterly 111:2 (Summer 2010): 142-183.

Jette, Melinda Marie. "'We Have Here Almost Every Religion But Our Own': French-Indian Community Initiatives and Social Relations in French Prairie, Oregon, 1834-1837." Oregon Historical Quarterly 108:2 (Summer 2007): 64-87.

Book Reviews:

The Settlers’ Empire: Colonialism and State Formation in America’s Old Northwest by Bethel Saler. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 40:3 (2016): 159-161.

French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest by Jean Barman. Oregon Historical Quarterly 116:2 (Summer 2015): 256-257.

Selected Letters of A.M.A. Blanchet, Bishop of Walla Walla & Nesqually, 1846-1879 translated by Roberta Stringham Brown and edited by Patricia O'Connell Killen. Oregon Historical Quarterly 115:2 (Summer 2014): 254-255.

Contours of a People: Metis Family, Mobility, and History edited by Nicole St. Onge, Carolyn Podruchny, and Brenda Macdougall. Western Historical Quarterly 45:1 (Spring 2014): 70-71.

Forging a Fur Empire: Expeditions in the Snake River Country, 1809-1824 by John Phillip Reid. Pacific Historical Review 82:2 (May 2013): 311-313.


Co-Facilitator, Working Group on Environmental Sustainability and Public History Education National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, April 2017

Panel Chair, “Identity and Adaptation: Mixed Heritage Families in the Changing 19th-Century Pacific Northwest and Beyond,” Western History Association Annual Meeting, St. Paul, MN, October 2016

Panel Chair & Convener, “LGBTQ Public History: The State of the Field,” Western History Association Annual Meeting, St. Paul, MN, October 2016

Panel Convener & Presenter, “The Imperial Eye: French Travelers on the Nineteenth-Century Pacific Slope,” Western History Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, October 2015

Panel Chair, “Beyond Static Borders and Spatiality: Indigenous/Immigrant Encounters or Entanglements,” Berkshire Conference on Women’s History, Toronto, ON, May 2014

Panel Co-Chair, “How Should the NCPH Address Sustainability? The White Paper of the NCPH Task Force on Public History and Environmental Sustainability,” National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Monterey, CA, March 2014

Panel Commentator, “Vital Signs in Public: Indigenous Nations and Public History Collaborations,” Western History Association Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ, October 2013'

Professional Memberships

  • American Historical Association
  • National Council on Public History
  • New England Museum Association
  • Oral History Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Western History Association
  • Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History

Conferences Attended

  • American Historical Association Annual Meeting
  • National Council on Public History Annual Meeting
  • Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting
  • Western History Association Annual Meeting


Grants Received

  • FPU Faculty Development Research Grants, 2011-2017


  • Academic Standards Committee
  • Rindge Faculty Senate (Academic Council)
  • FPU Public History Program Coordinator
  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Advisor
  • Women in Leadership Steering Committee
  • Committee on Environmental Sustainability, National Council on Public History