J. Clark Archer
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|Title||Urban and Regional Geographer|
315 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Clark Archer is a political, urban and population geographer whose work combines political science, economics, demographics, cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He brings all of these disciplinary perspectives to bear in creating atlases.
His Historical Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1788-2004, was named Best Single-Volume Reference in Humanities; Social Sciences for 2006 by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers, and was on the Library Journal's Best Reference List for 2006. His Atlas of American Politics, 1960-2000, was named Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Title for 2003 by the Association of College and Research Libraries. His coauthors for both volumes were geographers Steve Lavin, also at UNL, Fred Shelley at the University of Oklahoma, and Kenneth Martis at West Virginia University. Lavin, Shelley and Archer teamed up to produce the Atlas of the Great Plains, published in 2011.
Archer is best-known for his work on the geography of election results, but he also studies housing patterns, the economic structure of the Great Plains, population change, and settlement patterns. His research can be generally described as "human patterns that involve a lot of data crunching." For the Historic Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, Archer digitized county boundaries and other data back to 1789. As a student, he generated 30 boxes of IBM punch cards containing census-tract data for his Ph.D. dissertation research.
Courses he teaches include Introductory Human Geography, Geography of World Regions, Urban Geography, Quantitative Methods in Geography, Geodemographics and GIS, and Political Geography. Time permitting, Archer incorporates photos and experiences from his extensive travels into his teaching. He lived in Latin America growing up, and has traveled through Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Archer has been at UNL since 1985. Before that, he was at the University of Oklahoma, Dartmouth College and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is a member of the Association of American Geographers and the National Council for Geographic Education.
- BA - Indiana University, Politcal Science (1964)
- MA - Indiana University, Geography (1968)
- PhD - University of Iowa, Geography (1974)
- 2/8/2013 – Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students awarded by UNL Parents' Association
- Geography and Spatial Science
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|Undergraduate Majors||Bachelor of Science in
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Master of Arts in Geography
Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography
Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences
|Course Number||Course Title||Fall Even Years||Fall Odd Years||Spring Even Years||Spring Odd Years||Summer Session||Cross Listing|
|GEOG 272||Geography of World Regions||X||X||X||X||n/a|
|GEOG 361||Urban Geography||X||X||n/a|
|GEOG 444||Geodemographics: Theoretical Concepts and Practical Applications||X||GEOG 444/844|
|GEOG 447||Political Geography||X||GEOG 447/847|
|GEOG 497||Internship in Geography||X||X||X||X||X||GEOG 897|
|GEOG 844||Geodemographics: Theoretical Concepts and Practical Applications||X||GEOG 444/844|
|GEOG 847||Political Geography||X||GEOG 447/847|
|GEOG 897||Internship in Geography||X||X||X||X||X||GEOG 497|
|GEOG 996||Non-Thesis Research||X||X||X||X||n/a|