Bruce E. Johansen

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Bruce E. Johansen
Born (1950-01-30) January 30, 1950 (age 67)
San Diego, California
Education BA, PhD University of Washington
Known for Writings on environmental issues and Native American history

Bruce Elliott Johansen (born January 30, 1950) is an American academic and author. He is the Frederick W. Kayser Professor of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is the author or editor of many books and articles, notably on environmental and Native American issues.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Johansen was born in San Diego, California where his father served as a United States Coast Guard officer. He received his B.A. degree from University of Washington in 1972 and his M.A. from University of Minnesota in 1975. From 1972 to 1976 he also worked as reporter for the Seattle Times. Johansen received his PhD. from University of Washington in 1979. His doctoral dissertation, Franklin, Jefferson and American Indians: a study in the cross-cultural communication of ideas, formed the basis of his 1982 book Forgotten Founders: How the American Indian Helped Shape Democracy. In 1982 Johansen joined the faculty of University of Nebraska at Omaha where he is the Kayser Professor of Communication.[3] In 2011, Johansen was awarded the Isaacson Professorship by the university.[4][5]

Johansen was lifelong friends with Roberto Maestas (July 9, 1938 - September 22, 2010), founder of El Centro de la Raza, a Latino community rights organization in Seattle.[6]



  1. ^ University of Nebraska at Omaha. Faculty page: Bruce E. Johansen Archived February 21, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Austin, Dorothy (4 March 1983). "Founding Fathers Learned Of Democracy From The Indians" The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Johansen, Bruce E. 1950-". Contemporary Authors New Revision Series (2007). Gale. ISBN 9780787679163. Online version retrieved 24 March 2014 via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  4. ^ Johnson, Emily; Maharisi, Jasmine (August 31, 2010). "UNO professor is recognized for environmental and academic work". The Gateway. University of Nebraska, Omaha. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Professorships Awarded Spring 2011". University of Nebraska. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Francke, Warren. "Rebel with a Cause". UNO Alum (Winter 2007): 14–17. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Mastrandrea, Michael. "Book Review: Bruce E. Johansen: The Global Warming Desk Reference", Climatic Change, August 2003, Volume 59, Issue 3, pp 411-416 (subscription required)
  8. ^ Elliott, Michael. "Review: Life and Death in Mohawk Country by Bruce E. Johansen", Studies in American Indian Literatures, Series 2, Vol. 8, No. 2, Teaching American Indian Literatures (Summer 1996), pp. 93-96. Retrieved 24 March 2014 (subscription required).
  9. ^ Stineback, David. "Review: Forgotten Founders: How the American Indian Helped Shape Democracy by Bruce E. Johansen", American Indian Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Spring, 1989), pp. 192-194. Retrieved 24 March 2014 (subscription required).
  10. ^ Leon, Francis. "Review: Wasi'chu: The Continuing Indian Wars by Bruce Johansen; Robert Maestas". Science & Society, Vol. 44, No. 4 (Winter, 1980/1981), pp. 503-506. Retrieved 24 March 2014 (subscription required).

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