Nebraska Authors

Robert W. Cherny

Historian Cherny grew up in Nebraska and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska. He is best known in the state for his first book, Populism, Progressivism and the Transformation of Nebraska Politics, 1885-1915, (1981), widely recognized as the essential reference on the topic and period it addresses. He also wrote a well received biography of William Jennings Bryan. He is a distinguished and versatile historian who has written books and articles on West Coast politics, the politics of art, labor politics and longshore and maritime labor struggles.

Nebraska 150 Books honor for Populism, Progressivism and the Transformation of Nebraska Politics, 1885-1915, 2017

See also writers with related interests: Frederick Luebke, John D. Hicks, Charlyne Berens.

Places Lived

Beatrice, NE
Lincoln, NE
New York City, NY
San Francisco, CA
Heidelberg, GERMANY
Moscow, RUSSIA
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Politics & Government; History; Progressivism


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1965, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree, 1967, Columbia University, New York, NY
Ph.D., 1972, Columbia University, New York, NY


Professor of History, California State University, San Francisco, CA

Places Worked

California State University, San Francisco, CA


Nebraska 150 Books honor for Populism, Progressivism and the Transformation of Nebraska Politics, 1885-1915, 2017
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1992-93
President's Medal, San Francisco State University, 2008
Professor Emeritus of History, 2012


Organization of American Historians
Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, President, 1995-96


Populism, Progressivism and the Transformation of Nebraska Politics, 1885-1915. 1981.
A Righteous Cause: The Life of William Jennings Bryan. 1985.
San Francisco, 1865-1932. 1986. (with William Issel)
An essay in Approaches to Teaching Cather's 'My Antonia'. 1989. (edited by Susan Rosowski)
American Politics in the Gilded Age, 1868-1900. 1997.
Victor Amautoff and the Politics of Art. 2017.

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