Nebraska Authors

Alan L. Clem

Born 1929-03-04 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Died 2016-04-11
Sioux Falls, SD

Vermillion, SD (USA)
Bluff View Cemetery

Clem served in Washington as press secretary for two Nebraska congressmen in the 1950s. He joined the University of South Dakota faculty in 1960 and served as department chair from 1976 to 1978. He became professor emeritus in 1996 and taught part-time until 2006. His special courses concerned political parties and election campaigns, Congress, political geography and research methods. As a researcher, he provided valuable analysis to the media about campaigns and elections. In the classroom, his students included NBC newsman Tom Brokaw and former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Washington D.C.
South Dakota

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


South Dakota; Public Policy; Government


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1950, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree, 1957, American University, Washington, D.C.
Ph.D., 1960, American University, Washington, D.C.


Worked for an advertising agency
Press Secretary for U.S. Representative Carl Curtis and R.D. Harrison
Professor of Government
Public Policy Analyst

Places Worked

U.S. Congressional Staff
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
University of South Dakota


American Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association


The U.S. Agricultural Attache: His History and His Work. 1960.
Spirit Mound Township in the 1960 Election: A Study of Rural Attitudes Toward Issues, Candidates and Campaign Appeals. 1961.
South Dakota Political Almanac: A Presentation and Analysis of Election Statistics, 1889-1960. 1962 and 1970. (2nd edition)
The Nomination of Joe Bottum: An Analysis of a Committee Decision to Nominate a United States Senator. 1963.
Precinct Voting: The Vote in Eastern South Dakota, 1940-1960. 1963.
Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Conference for South Dakota Assessing Officers. 1963. (editor)
Political Attitudes of South Dakota High School Students. 1963.
West River Voting Patterns: The Voice in Western South Dakota, 1940-1960. 1965.
A Bibliography of South Dakota Government and Politics. 1965.
Popular Representation and Senate Vacancies. 1966.
Roll Call Voting Behavior in the South Dakota Legislature. 1966.
Prairie State Politics: Popular Democracy in South Dakota. 1967.
Government By the People? South Dakota Politics in the Last Third of the 20th Century. 2002.

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