Nebraska Authors

Richard Edwards

Richard Edwards served as the Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies, and is Senior Vice Chancellor emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a contributor to the 2017 Atlas of Nebraska. His current interests include Great Plains ecotourism and biodiversity conservation and the history of homesteading.

Author Of

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Economics; Great Plains-History and Ecology; Center for Great Plains Studies; Labor and Employment


Bachelor of Arts, Grinnell College, 1966
Master of Arts in economics, Harvard University, 1970
Ph.D in economics, Harvard University, 1972



Places Worked

Director, Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (Current in 2018)
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1997-2004
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Kentucky 1991-1997
Fellow in Social Science, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ 1977-78
Professor, Chair, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1974-1991


2018 Nebraska Book Award for Homesteading the Plains : Toward a New History.


Contested Terrain: The Transformation of the Workplace in the 20th Century. 1979.
Segmented Work, Divided Workers. (with David Gordon and Michael Reich), 1982.
The Forgotten Link: Labor's Stake in International Economic Integration. (with Paolo Garonna), 1991.
Rights at Work: Employment Relations in the Post-Union Era. 1993.
Understanding Capitalism. (third edition) with Samuel Bowles and Frank Roosevelt, 2005.
Natives of a Dry Place: Stories from Dakota before the Oil Boom. 2015.
Roaming the Plains: Eight Great Ecotourism Opportunities in Nebraska. (with Kat Shiffler and Katie Nieland), 2015.
Homesteading the Plains : Toward a New History. (with Jacob K. Friefeld and Rebecca S. Wingo), 2017.
The First Migrants : How Black Homesteaders' Quest for Land and Freedom Heralded America's Great Migration. 2023.

Contributing Author, Atlas of Nebraska. (With J. Clark Archer, Leslie M. Howard, Fred M. Shelley, Donald A. Wilhite, and David J. Wishart), 2017.

Editor: Edwin Curley, Nebraska 1875: It's Advantages, Resources, and Drawbacks. (Modern edition of the 1875 guidebook), 2006.

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