David Wishart
Professor Geography


David Wishart is a professor of geography in the College of Arts and Sciences. He teaches Introduction to Human Geography, Historical Geography of the Great Plains, History and Philosophy of Geography, Senior Seminar, and graduate seminars in Historical Geography and in the Great Plains region.

He is a co-author of The Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild (University of Chicago Press, 2009). He was the chief undergraduate advisor from 1974 to 2014, and he chaired the Department of Anthropology and Geography from 2002 to 2008. Wishart was asked to present the Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture in fall of 2004. He received the J.B. Jackson Prize in 1995 for the Best Scholarly Book in North American Human Geography for his book, An Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians. He also edited the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, which was released in 2004, and the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians (2006).

Research and Current Projects

Wishart's particular interest is in Historical Geography, especially in the regional context of the Great Plains and in the dispossession of indigenous peoples and their more recent claims cases. He is also interested in the epistemology of Geography and History, especially the question: what can be known about the past?


GEOG 140 Introductory Human Geography
GEOG 334 Historical Geography of the Great Plains
GEOG 402 Undergraduate Seminar
GEOG 903 History and Philosophy of Geography
GEOG 935 Seminar in Historical Geography

Selected Publications

Wishart, David. 2016. Great Plains Indians. Univ. of Nebraska Press.

Wishart, D.J. 2013. The Last Days of the Rainbelt. University of Nebraska Press.

Forsberg, M. O'Brien, D., Wishart, D., Koozer, T. 2009. Great Plains America's Lingering Wild. University Of Chicago Press.

Wishart , D.J., editor. 2004. Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. University of Nebraska Press.

Wishart, D.J. 1997. An Unspeakable Sadness: The Disposession of the Nebraska Indians. University of Nebraska Press.

Stoddard, R., D.J. Wishart and B.W. Blouet, 1989. Human Geography: People, Places, and Cultures; Prentice-Hall, Inc.


  • BA - University of Sheffield - England, Geography (1967)
  • MA - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geography - Great Plains Settlement (1968)
  • PhD - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geography - Fur Trade of the Early American West (1971)

Research Interests

Human Geography, Great Plains