Born in Eugene, Dougher studied classics, comparative literature, and the history of education at Reed College and the University of Texas, Austin. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from UT, and serves on the faculty at Portland State University, where she teaches interdisciplinary humanities.
She has published a wide range of writing in a variety of venues including the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Women’s Review of Books, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, the Journal of General Education as well as in local and regional weeklies. Her essay “Old Mom” will come out in September, 2021 in Tick Tock: Essays on Becoming a Parent After 40 (Dottir Press).
She has created five solo records, and been a part of numerous musical collaborations including with the Crabs and Cadallaca. She has enjoyed commissions from the Reed College Cooley Gallery, the Reed Centennial Celebration, the estate of Leslie Scalapino, and performed many times at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art festival.
Dougher has been granted numerous awards for research, innovation and curriculum development from Portland State University, and was recognized with a Fulbright Foundation Grant for teaching and study in Norway (2014-15). Her creative work has garnered awards from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Lambda Literary Foundation, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. She has been honored for her work with first generation college students, and directed and taught a youth Clemente Course in East Portland.
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