David Wishart

David Wishart

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Title Historical Geographer
Address 931 Oldfather Hall
660 N 12th Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-3576
E-mail dwishart1@unl.edu
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David Wishart is a professor of geography in the geography/GIScience faculty in the School of Natural Resources. He teaches Introduction to Human Geography, Historical Geography of the Great Plains, History and Philosophy of Geography, Senior Seminar, and graduate seminars in historical Geography and in the Great Plains region.

Wishart's particular interest is in historical geography, especially in the regional context of the Great Plains and in the dispossession of indigenous peoples and their more recent claims cases. He is also interested in the epistemology of geography and History, especially the question: what can be known about the past?

Most recently, he is a co-author of The Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild (University of Chicago Press, 2009). He has been the chief undergraduate advisor since 1974, and he chaired the Department of Anthropology and Geography from 2002 to 2008. Wishart was asked to present the Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture in fall of 2004. He received the J.B. Jackson Prize in 1995 for the Best Scholarly Book in North American Human Geography for his book, An Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians. He also edited the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, which was released in 2004, and the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians (2006).

Selected Publications

Uden, D., Wishart, D., Powell, L. A., Allen, C., Mitchell, R., Steinauer, G. (2018). Adaptive fuel procurement in nineteenth century Great Plains landscapes. Environment and History.
Archer, J. C., Edwards, R., Howard, L. M., Shelley, F. M., Wilhite, D. A., Wishart, D. J. (2017). Cartography editor for all maps considered/used. Atlas of Nebraska. Lincoln, NE:.
Wishart, David. 2016. Great Plains Indians. Univ. of Nebraska Press. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 147. Online
Wishart, D.J. 2013. The Last Days of the Rainbelt. Bison Books. pp. 224.
Forsberg, M. O'Brien, D., Wishart, D., Koozer, T. 2009. Great Plains America's Lingering Wild. University Of Chicago Press. pp. 256.
Stoddard, R., D.J. Wishart and B.W. Blouet, 1989. Human Geography: People, Places, and Cultures; Prentice-Hall, Inc., 399 pp.

Educational Background

  • BA - University of Sheffield - England, Geography (1967)
  • MA - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geography - Great Plains Settlement (1968)
  • PhD - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geography - Fur Trade of the Early American West (1971)


  • 10/2014 – 2014 Nebraska Book Award awarded by Nebraska Center for the Book 

SNR Program Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Areas of Interest

  • Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Great Plains

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Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Geography

Bachelor of Arts in
  • Geography

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
GEOG 140 Introductory Human Geography None
GEOG 334 Historical Geography of the Great Plains X X n/a
GEOG 399 Independent Study in Geography X X X X n/a
GEOG 399H Honors Course X X X X X n/a
GEOG 402 Undergraduate Seminar X X X X n/a
GEOG 903 History and Philosophy of Geography X X X n/a
GEOG 935 Seminar in Historical Geography X n/a