Robert Stoddard

Robert Stoddard

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Title Emeritus Professor
Address 101 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-3471
FAX 402-472-2946
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Robert Stoddard is a professor emeritus in the School of Natural Resources and specializes in human geography, especially cultural geography and its subdivision relating to religion, and the geography of Asia, particularly South Asia (India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan).

Previously, professor Stoddard not only taught numerous courses relating to human geography, but he also engaged in research on the interactive effects of religion with economic, political, social and environmental characteristics. He concentrates on how religious beliefs and behavior influences affect and, in turn, are affected by numerous other phenomena.

Robert Stodddard

His popular class, "Geography of Asia," which focused primarily on India, China and Japan, has been the basis for recent public lectures for continuing education. With the recent emergence of India and China as major economic powers, the need for understanding by Americans has increased greatly.

Professor Stoddard has been with the University of Nebraska since 1967. He has also held academic positions at Nebraska Wesleyan (1961-67); a Fulbright Lectureship at Tribhuvan University in Nepal (1975-76) and at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka (1986).

Selected Publications

"Great Plains Region," essay for Encyclopedia of Religion in America, eds. Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams, CQ Press, 2010.
"The Geography of Buddhist Pilgrimage in Asia," in Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art, ed. Adriana Proser, Asia Society Museum with Yale University Press, 2010, pp. 2-4.
"Vaishno Devi, the most famous goddess shrine in the Siwalks," with Georgana Foster, in Sacred Geography of Goddesses in South Asia: Essays in Memory of David Kinsley, ed. By Rana P.B. Singh, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2010, pp. 109-124.
Book Review of The Separatist Conflict in Sri Lanka: Terrorism, Ethnicity, Political Economy by Asoka Bandarage in The Professional Geographer, Vol. 62, 2010, pp. 149-151.
"Pilgrimage Places and Sacred Geometries," in Pilgrimage: Sacred Landscapes and Self-Organized Complexity, ed. J. McKim Malville and B. Saraswati, D.K. Printworld, New Delhi, 2009, pp. 163-177.
"A Cultural Geographer's Interest in Regions," in Cultural Geography: Form and Process (Essays in Honour of Prof. A. B. Mukerji), eds. Neelam Grover and Kashi Nath Singh, New Delhi: Concept Publishing Co., 2004, pp. 3-13.
"Hinduism," entry in Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, ed. David Wishart, University of Nebraska Press, 2004, p. 746.
"History of the Geography of Religion and Beliefs Systems Specialty Group," co-authored with Michael P. Ferber, [poster] Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, Mar. 2004.
"Persistence of Country Churches in the Great Plains," Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, Mar. 2004.
"Changing Patterns of Rural Churches," 27th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium, Center for Great Plains Studies, Lincoln, NE, Mar. 2003.
"Geography of Religion and Belief Systems Specialty Group," co-author with Carolyn V. Prorok, in Geography at the Dawn of the 21st Century, eds. Cort J. Willmott and Gary Gaile, Oxford University Press, 2003, pp. 759-67.
"Roundtable: The Sri Lanka Peace Process," [panel], 32nd Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI, Oct. 2003.
"Indians of the East Move West," co-authored with Bidisha Nag, 26th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium, Center for Great Plains Studies, Lincoln, NE, Mar. 2002.
Sacred Places, Sacred Spaces: The Geography of Pilgrimages, edited with A. Morinis; Louisiana State University, Geo-sciences and Man Series, 1997, 323 pp.
Field Techniques and Research Methods in Geography, NCGE Pacesetter Series; reprinted by TechBooks, 1992, 234 pp.
Human Geography: People, Places, and Cultures, 2nd ed., with D.J. Wishart and B.W. Blouet; Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1989, 399 pp.

Educational Background

  • BA - Nebraska Wesleyan University (1950)
  • MA - University of Nebraska (1960)
  • PhD - University of Iowa (1966)


  • 2009 - February – Establishment of "Gildersleeve-Stoddard-Stone Award for Service to Geographic Education awarded by Geographic Educators of Nebraska 
  • 2005 - April – Robert Stoddard Award for Service to GORABS 
  • 2002 - November – Outstanding International Scholar/Faculty Award awarded by UNL Alpha Phi Chapter, Honor Society of Phi Beta Delta 
  • 2002 - November – Establishment of "Robert Stoddard Award for Service to GORABS" awarded by Geography of Religion and Belief Systems Specialty Group, AAG 
  • 1992 – Distinguised Teaching Achievement Award awarded by National Council for Geographic Education 
  • 2003 – Establishment of "Bob and Sally Stoddard Student Scholarship Fund" awarded by Class of 57, Woodstock School 

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Professional Organizations

  • Geographic Educators of Nebraska
    • State Alliance Coordinator 1989-1995
  • Journal of Geography
    • Editorial Board 1991-1998

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