Nebraska Authors

J. Clark Archer

Long time professor of geography in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He especially enjoys writing about elections and his atlases of American politics and elections have earned special recognition by the Association of American Publishers and the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Places Lived

Bloomington, IN
Iowa City, IA
Norman, OK
Hanover, NH
St. Louis, MO
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Geography; Elections; Politics


Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1964, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Master of Arts in Geography, 1968, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Ph.D. in Geography, 1974, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


Professor of Geography

Places Worked

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Title for 2003 by the Association of College and Research Libraries for Atlas of American Politics, 1960-2000.
Best Single-Volume Reference in Humanities & Social Sciences for 2006 by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers for Historical Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1788-2004.


Association of American Geographers
National Council for Geographic Education


Section and Party: Political Geography of American Presidential Elections, from Andrew Jackson to Ronald Reagan. 1981.
American Electoral Mosaics. 1986.
Political Geography of the United States. 1996.
Atlas of American Politics, 1960-2000. 2001.
Historical Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1788-2004. 2006.
Atlas of the 2008 Elections. 2011.
Atlas of the Great Plains. 2011. (with Fred M. Shelley and Stephen J. Lavin)
Atlas of the 2012 Elections. 2014.
Atlas of Nebraska. 2017 (with Richard Edwards, Leslie M. Howard, Fred M. Shelley, Donald A. Wilhite, and David J. Wishart)

We appreciate corrections and additions to our information about authors, but please read the following guidelines and caveats carefully.

  • The Nebraska Authors database is based on publicly available sources. Unless you are the author contacting us in person, it helps us if you cite the source or sources of your information. We cannot include unsourced information in the database.
  • We may be appreciative of information we choose not to include in the publicly available database.
  • To include an image on an author profile, please send jpg attachment to nebraskaauthors@lincoln.ne.gov. A photo-release agreement is required before the image will be published on this site.
  • Because of the way we are staffed, expect corrections or additions to take time, sometimes up to three months.
  • While we initially included some actual links to external URLs in the database, we will in the future no longer provide functioning links. We will instead record the presence of specific external materials in language that we hope will help intelligent users find it themselves. Web rot, in which actual materials remain online but undergo changes in their URLs, is too demanding in terms of staff time for us to hope to keep external links current.

Please copy, fill out the form below, and email it to NebraskaAuthors@lincoln.ne.gov to suggest a change.

J. Clark Archer

Do you have corrections for the above information or other information to add?:

(e.g. Author is buried in Fremont, not in David City / Also wrote for the Daily Nebraskan during her time as a student)