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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]

Bruce E. Johansen
Born (1950-01-30) January 30, 1950 (age 69)
EducationBA, PhD University of Washington
Known forWritings on environmental issues and Native American history

Life and careerEdit

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]


  • Encyclopedia of the American Indian Movement (Greenwood Publishing, 2013) ISBN 978-1-4408-0317-8, part of the Movements of the American Mosaic series
  • The Iroquois (Chelsea House, 2010) ISBN 978-1-60413-794-1, part of the 14 volume History and Culture of Native Americans series
  • Native Americans Today: A Biographical Dictionary (Greenwood Publishing, 2010) ISBN 978-0-313-35554-7
  • The Encyclopedia of Global Warming Science and Technology, 2 volumes (Greenwood Publishing, 2009) ISBN 978-0-313-37702-0
  • Global Warming 101 (Greenwood Publishing, 2008) ISBN 978-0-313-34690-3, part of the Science 101 series
  • The Global Warming Combat Manual: Solutions for a Sustainable World (Praeger Publishing, 2008) ISBN 978-0-313-35286-7
  • with Barry M. Pritzker, Encyclopedia of American Indian History, 4 volumes (ABC-CLIO, 2007) ISBN 978-1-85109-817-0
  • Silenced!: Academic Freedom, Scientific Inquiry, and the First Amendment under Siege in America (Praeger Publishing, 2007) ISBN 978-0-275-99686-4
  • The Praeger Handbook on Contemporary Issues in Native America, 2 volumes (Praeger Publishing, 2007) ISBN 978-0-275-99138-8, part of the Native America: Yesterday and Today series
  • Global Warming in the 21st Century, 3 volumes (Praeger Publishing, 2006) ISBN 978-0-275-98585-1
  • The Native Peoples of North America: A History (Rutgers University Press, 2006) paperback: ISBN 978-0-8135-3899-0
  • The Native Peoples of North America: A History, 2 volumes (Praeger Publishing, 2005) ISBN 978-0-275-98159-4
  • Enduring Legacies: Native American Treaties and Contemporary Controversies (Praeger Publishing, 2004) ISBN 978-0-313-32104-7
  • Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Issues: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing, 2003) ISBN 978-0-313-32398-0
  • The Dirty Dozen: Toxic Chemicals and the Earth's Future (Praeger Publishing, 2003) ISBN 978-0-275-97702-3
  • The Global Warming Desk Reference (Greenwood Publishing, 2001) ISBN 978-0-313-31679-1[7]
  • with Barbara Alice Mann, Encyclopedia of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) (Greenwood Publishing, 2000) ISBN 978-0-313-30880-2
  • Shapers of the Great Debate on Native Americans--Land, Spirit, and Power: A Biographical Dictionary (Greenwood Publishing, 2000) ISBN 978-0-313-30941-0
  • Native America and the Evolution of Democracy: A Supplementary Bibliography (Greenwood Publishing, 1999) ISBN 978-0-313-31010-2, part of the Bibliographies and Indexes in American History series
  • The Encyclopedia of Native American Economic History (Greenwood Publishing, 1999) ISBN 978-0-313-30623-5
  • The Encyclopedia of Native American Legal Tradition (Greenwood Publishing, 1998) ISBN 978-0-313-30167-4
  • with Donald A. Grinde, Jr., The Encyclopedia Of Native American Biography: Six Hundred Life Stories of Important People, From Powhatan to Wilma Mankiller
    paperback: (Da Capo Press, 1998) ISBN 978-0-30680-870-8
    hardcover: (Henry Holt & Co., 1997) ISBN 978-0-80503-270-3
  • with Donald A. Grinde Jr. & Barbara Alice Mann, Debating Democracy: The Iroquois Legacy of Freedom (Santa Fe: Clear Light Publishing, 1997) ISBN 978-0-94066-679-5
  • Native American Political Systems and the Evolution of Democracy: An Annotated Bibliography (Greenwood Publishing, 1996) ISBN 978-0-313-30010-3, part of the Bibliographies and Indexes in American History series
  • So Far from Home: Manila's Santo Tomas Internment Camp, 1942-1945 (PBI Press, 1996) ISBN 1-57579-037-8
  • with Donald A. Grinde Jr., foreword by Howard Zinn, Ecocide of Native America: Environmental Destruction of Indian Lands and Peoples (Santa Fe: Clear Light Publishing, 1995) ISBN 0-94066-652-9
  • with John Kahionhes Fadden, Life and Death in Mohawk Country (Fulcrum Publishing, 1993) ISBN 1-55591-906-5[8]
  • with Donald A. Grinde, Jr., foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr., Exemplar of Liberty: Native America and the Evolution of Democracy (UCLA American Indian Studies Center, 1991)
  • with Roberto Maestas, El Pueblo: The Gallegos Family's American Journey, 1503-1980 (Monthly Review Press, 1983) ISBN 0-85345-612-7
  • Forgotten Founders: How the American Indian Helped Shape Democracy (Harvard Common Press, 1982) ISBN 0-91678-290-5[9]
  • with Roberto Maestas, Wasi'chu: The Continuing Indian Wars (Monthly Review Press, 1979) ISBN 0-85345-507-4[10]


  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. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. 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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