Wishart, David J. 1946–

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Wishart, David J. 1946–

(David John Wishart)

PERSONAL: Born August 15, 1946, in Corbridge, England; married, 1971. Education: University of Sheffield, B.A., 1967; University of Nebraska, Lincoln, M.A., 1968, Ph.D., 1971.

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of Anthropology and Geography, University of Nebraska, 810C Oldfa-ther Hall, P.O. Box 880368, Lincoln, NE 68588-0368.

CAREER: University of Arizona, Tucson, assistant professor of geography, 1971–72; Beloit College, Beloit, WI, assistant professor of geography and deputy head, 1972–74; University of Nebraska, Lincoln, assistant professor, 1974–78, associate professor, 1978–86, professor of geography, 1986–, department of anthropology and geography chair, 2002–. Visiting professor, University of Arizona, 1973, and University of Waikato, 1996; foreign expert, Guangzhou English Language Center, Zhongshan University, 1986–87. Consultant to Nebraska Educational Telecommunications.

MEMBER: Survival International, Association of American Geographers.

AWARDS, HONORS: Woodrow Wilson fellowship, 1970–71; recipient of fellowships from the University of Nebraska, 1976, 1978, 1979, and 1990; Paul Dennis fellowship, 1983; Nebraska Committee for the Humanities fellowship, 1984; Center for Great Plains Studies fellowship, 1990; John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize, Association of American Geographers, 1995, for An Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians; National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, 2003.


The Fur Trade of the American West, 1807–1840: A Geographical Synthesis, University of Nebraska Press (Lincoln, NE), 1979.

(With Robert H. Stoddard and Brian W. Blouet) Human Geography: People, Places, and Cultures, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1986, 2nd edition, 1989.

An Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians, University of Nebraska Press (Lincoln, NE), 1994.

(Editor) Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, University of Nebraska Press (Lincoln, NE), 2004.

Also contributor of articles to periodicals, including American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Journal of Historical Geography, Nebraska History, Great Plains Quarterly, and Journal of the West. Associate editor, Great Plains Quarterly, 1982–; book review editor, Journal of Historical Geography, 1988–1994.

SIDELIGHTS: A geography professor, David J. Wishart has worked on several books about the American heartland, including Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. Edited by Wishart, Encyclopedia of the Great Plains offers readers over 1,300 entries about topics as varied as education, agriculture, and Native American history. Several reviewers commented favorably on the geographical scope of the volume, noting that the book covers parts of Canada's middle provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta to the north, and extends south to include parts of Texas and New Mexico. Writing in Booklist, contributor Diana Shonrock called Encyclopedia of the Great Plains "a unique reference book" that proves "valuable for a wide variety of user groups." Library Journal critic Laurie Selwyn commended Wishart for covering an often overlooked region, finding the book an "affordable and thorough resource on a subject not often covered in reference format."



Booklist, December 14, 2005, Diana Shonrock, review of Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, p. 757.

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, July, 2000, Mark Levene, review of An Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians, p. 562.

Library Journal, December 1, 2004, Laurie Selwyn, review of Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, p. 164.