I joined the School of Global Integrative Studies as a lecturer of Geography in Fall 2020. I am also a proud three-time graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, receiving my B.A. in 2015, M.A. in 2017, and Ph.D. in 2020, after studying Human and Historical Geography under Dr. David Wishart. I am also a Center for Great Plains Studies fellow and the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain Division Representative for the American Association of Geographers Rural Geography Group. My interests include small town geography and rural identity, and attachment to rural landscape, especially on the Great Plains. This love of the landscape has followed me since I was young, growing up on a farm outside of Liberty, Nebraska, a village of 76 people.
Current Research and Projects
My current research is focused on rural residential decision-making. Specifically, I explore why people choose to stay in rural areas. I recently conducted the Nebraska (2019) and Missouri (2021) Roots Migration Surveys to better understand why people choose to stay in, leave, or return to where they grew up. My research on the connection between rural depopulation and six and eight-man high school football is also ongoing.
My list of courses taught includes Geography of Nebraska, Geography of the United States, Geography of World Regions, Historical Geography of the Great Plains, Introduction to Global Studies, Introductory Human Geography, Political Geography, and Urban Geography.
Husa, Andrew. “Gender and Residential Decision Making in the Rural Great Plains.” Great Plains Research (Forthcoming, Spring 2022).
Husa, Andrew and Cheryl E. Morse. “Rurality as a Key Factor for Place Attachment in the Great Plains.” Geographical Review (2020).
Husa, Andrew. “Six and Eight-Man Football and Community Identity in Nebraska.” Nebraska History Magazine, Vol. 100/No.3 (Winter 2019): 210-219.