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.