Rebecca Buller
Associate Professor of Practice Geography


Rebecca Buller is a cultural and historical geographer, with specialties in the Great Plains and American West, human trafficking in Nebraska, geographic education, and women and genders’ studies. She is also a Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies. There, she is an instructor and the Book Review Editor for both the Great Plains Quarterly and Great Plains Research.

Buller advises BA/BS Geography, MA Geography as committee chair and committee member, and Ph.D. Geography as a committee member. She occasionally has openings for new graduate advisees, with possible GTA funding. If you are a potential graduate student with similar interests, please contact her.

As an elementary school National Geographic (NG) Geography Bee champ and Nebraska State NG Geography Bee competitor as well as a college geography bowl team victor, she welcomes trivia challenges.

Research and Current Projects

  • Human Trafficking in Nebraska and the Great Plains
  • Domestic Sex Trafficking in the United States
  • Iceland experiential education, geographic inquiry, and field methods development for formal (K through post-secondary) and informal in-service teachers and education professionals
  • Cultural and Historical Geography of Entertainment, Leisure, and Tourism in the Great Plains
  • Intersections of Place, Time, and Entertainment in Nebraska’s Hidden Paradise


  • Cultural Geography
  • Elements of Physical Geography
  • Elements of Physical Geography lab
  • Field Tour: Human and Physical Geographies of the Colorado Plateau
  • Field Tour: Human and Physical Geographies of Nebraska and the Black Hills
  • Field Tour: Iceland: Landscapes, Sustainability, & Tourism
  • Geography of Nebraska
  • Geography of the United States
  • Human Trafficking in Nebraska and the Great Plains
  • Independent Study in Geography
  • Internship in Geography
  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • Principles of Geography
  • Quality of the Environment
  • Women of the Great Plains
  • World Regional Geography

Selected Publications

Buller, Rebecca A. Review of Elsewhere: A Journey into Our Age of Islands (2020)by Alastair Bonnett.  Journal of Geography, forthcoming. 

Buller, Rebecca A. Review of Mapping Populism: Taking Politics to the People (2020), by John Agnew and Michael Shin. Historical Geography, forthcoming. 

Hanson, Paul, Chad Smith, and Ryan Weichelt.  Contributing author: Rebecca A. Buller.  Geography 155 Physical Geography Laboratory Manual.  University of Nebraska-Lincoln Print Shop, 2009-present.

Buller, Rebecca A.  “The Walter Savidge Amusement Company.”  Nebraska History 98, no.2 (2017): 98-113. 

Buller, Rebecca A. Review of Stitching the World: Embroidered Maps and Women's Geographical Education, by Judith A. Tyner. Historical Geography 44, (2016): 191-192. 

Buller, Rebecca A. Review of Wyoming Grasslands: Photographs by Michael P. Berman and William S. Sutton, by Frank H. Goodyear Jr., Charles R. Preston, and Dan Flores. Annals of Wyoming: The Wyoming History Journal Autumn (2015): 33-34. 

Buller, Rebecca A.  Review of The Big Empty: The Great Plains in the Twentieth Century, by R. Douglas Hurt.  Montana: The Magazine of Western History 62, no. 4 (2012). 

Buller, Rebecca A.  Review of Women on the North American Plains, edited by Renee M. Laegreid and Sandra K. Mathews.  Great Plains Quarterly 32, no. 3 (2012): 236-237.

Buller, Rebecca A.  “Intersections of Place, Time, and Entertainment in Nebraska’s Hidden Paradise.”  Nebraska History 92, no. 2 (2011): 82-95. 

Buller, Rebecca A.  “100th Anniversary of the Long Pine Amusement Park, Forerunner to Hidden Paradise.”  The Atkinson Graphic, July 22, 2010, pg. 8.

Buller, Rebecca A.  “100th Anniversary of the Long Pine Amusement Park, Forerunner to Hidden Paradise, Long Pine, NE.”  Rock County Leader, June 30, 2010, pg. 1.

Buller, Rebecca A.  “100th Anniversary of the Long Pine Amusement Park.”  Ainsworth Star-Journal, June 30, 2010, pg. 1. 

Buller, Rebecca A.  “Long Pine Resort is a Little Bit of Paradise.”  Norfolk Daily News, June 29, 2010, pg. 6. 

Buller, Rebecca A.  “Life and Landscapes in the Post-Office Communities of Holt County, Nebraska.” Great Plains Quarterly 28, no. 2 (2008): 135-151. 

Weichelt, Ryan and Chad Smith. Contributing author: Rebecca A. Buller.  Physical Geography 155 Laboratory Manual.  Department of Anthropology and Geography, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. 


  • BSEd - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geography and History Secondary Education (2003)
  • MA - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geography - Historical Geography of the Great Plains (2004)
  • PhD - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geography - Historical and Cultural Geography (2009)

Research Interests

American West, Cultural Geography, Experiencing Place, Geographic Education, Great Plains’ Women’s History and Populations, Historical Geography and Historical Geography of the Great Plains, Human Trafficking/Social Justice, Outdoor Education and Leadership, Place Attachment, Qualitative Methods, Recreation and Tourism, Rural Geography, Sense of Place


UNL Geography Student Organization/(Alpha Phi chapter of) Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) International Geography Honorary Society

Center for Great Plains Studies

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Curriculum Vitae