Nebraska Authors

Samuel Walker

Born 1942

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Ann Arbor, MI
Columbus, OH

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Criminal Justice; Textbooks


Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Culture, 1965, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Master of Arts Degree in History, 1970, University of Nebraska - Omaha, Omaha, NE
Ph.D. in American History, 1973, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


Professor of Criminal Justice

Places Worked

University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE


Langum Prize for Best Book in American Legal History, for Presidents and Civil Liberties From Wilson to Obama, 2012
W. E. B. DuBois Award for contributions to the field of Criminal Justice on race and ethnicity, Western Society of Criminology, 2011
Tribute to Civil Libertarians Award, ACLU Membership Meeting, Washington, DC., 2006
Outstanding Achievement Award, National Association for Citizen Oversight of Law
Enforcement, 2005
Academic Freedom Award, Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska, 2005
Graduate Student Mentor Award, University of Nebraska, Omaha, 2002
Faculty Member of the Year. Department of Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska, Omaha, 2002
Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Humanities, Ohio State University, 2001
Isaacson Professorship, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1999-present
Bruce Smith Award, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), 1998
MCB Publishing Award for Best Article Published in the American Journal of Police, for "Varieties of Citizen Review: The Implications of Structure, Mission, and Policies for Police Accountability," 1996
Gustavus Myers Award for the Outstanding Books on Human Rights, for Hate Speech, 1995
Fellow, Center For Great Plains Studies. University of Nebraska. Lincoln, NE
Peter T. Kiewit Professor, University of Nebraska, Omaha, 1993-1996 & 1996-1999
Finalist, Outstanding Book Award, Society of Midland Authors, for Hate Speech, 1994-95
American Library Association, Citation for "Best Bibliographies in History - 1994," for The American Civil Liberties Union: An Annotated Bibliography
Gustavus Myers Award For the Outstanding Books on Prejudice Published in 1990, for In Defense of American Liberties, awarded in 1992
"You Made A Difference" Award, Nebraska Pro-Choice Coalition, 1992
"Civil Libertarian of the Year," Nebraska Civil Liberties Union, 1991
Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1989
Honorary Fellow, Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1987-1988
Visiting Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, May-November, 1985
Frederick H. Kayser Professorship, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1985-1991


University of Nebraska-Omaha


A Critical History of Police Reform: The Emergence of Professionalism. 1977.
Popular Justice: A History of American Criminal Justice. 1980.
The Police in America: An Introduction. 1983.
Sense and Nonsense About Crime: A Guide to Policy. 1985.
In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the American Civil Liberties Union. 1990.
American Civil Liberties Union: An Annotated Bibliography. 1992.
Taming the System: The Control of Discretion in Criminal Justice, 1950-1990. 1993.
Hate Speech: The History of an American Controversy. 1994.
The Color of Justice: Race and Ethnicity in American Criminal Justice. 1996. (With Cassia Spohn and Miriam DeLone)
The Rights Revolution: Rights and Community in Modern America. 1998.
Police Accountability: The Role of Citizen Oversight. 2001.
Civil Liberties in America: A Reference Handbook. 2004.
The New World of Police Accountability. 2005.
Presidents and Civil Liberties, From Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama: A Story of Poor Custodians. 2012.

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