Nebraska Authors

David J. Wishart

Born Rowlands Gill (ENGLAND)

Long-time University of Nebraska-Lincoln Geography Professor David J. Wishart came to Nebraska from England in 1967. His scholarly work is focused on the human geography of the Great Plains. Wishart won the John Brinkerhoff Jackson Prize in 1995 for An Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians. He is a contributing author, along with Ted Kooser and Dan O'Brien, to Michael Forsberg's Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild.

Places Lived

Sheffield, ENGLAND
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Geography; History; Great Plains; Nebraska Subjects; Native Americans


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography, 1967, Sheffield College, Sheffield, ENGLAND
Master of Arts Degree in Geography, 1968, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Ph.D. in Geography, 1971, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Professor of Geography
Anthropology and Geography Department Chairman
Academic Advisor

Places Worked

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


John Brinkerhoff Jackson Prize for Best Scholarly Book in North American Human Geography for Unspeakable Sadness, 1995
John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 2000
Nebraska Book Award, 2014
Nebraska 150 Books honor for Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians and An Unspeakable Sadness, 2017


The Fur Trade of the American West, 1807-1840: A Geographical Synthesis. 1979.
An Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians. 1995.
Editor, The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. 2004.
Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians. 2006.
Michael Forsberg, Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild. 2009. (Contributor with Ted Kooser and Dan O'Brien)
The Last Days of the Rainbelt. 2013.
Great Plains Indians. 2016.
Contributing author, Atlas of Nebraska. 2017. (Co-authors: J. Clark Archer, Richard Edwards, Leslie M. Howard, Fred M. Shelley, and Donald A. Wilhite)

Watch David Wishart's March 2000 Ames Reading Series presentation:

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