Ken Nolley grew up in Montana and graduated from Westmont College. He earned his M.A. in Americal literature from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in 19th century literature from the University of Oregon.
He is Professor of English at Willamette University in Salem Oregon, where he has taught since 1967. During that time he has served as department chair, as associate dean and as acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He has also established a small film studies program within the English department.
He has written mainly on the works of John Ford and Peter Watkins. He is the editor of PETER WATKINS' THE JOURNEY: A FILM IN THE GLOBAL INTEREST, and has served as chair of the editorial board of the WILLAMETTE JOURNAL OF THE LIBERAL ARTS. His principal area of film research is documentary film.
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