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History Department
History Department

Mark Scherer


Department Chair

Associate Professor of History

287W ASH, 402-554-4823(email) (prefers e-mail)
Nebraska and Great Plains legal & political history
(Native American Legal History, American Revolutionary History)

Dr. Scherer received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2003, and his J.D. from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1981. A former practicing attorney, he is the author of Rights in the Balance: Free Press, Fair Trial & Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart and Imperfect Victories: The Legal Tenacity of the Omaha Tribe, 1945-1995, along with various journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews related to U.S., Great Plains, and Native American legal and political history. His current projects include a history of the federal district court of Nebraska and a reference work on twentieth century Native American history.

In his non-academic moments, Scherer enjoys all forms of sports as both a spectator and participant. A former college baseball player, he now particularly enjoys golf and old man's softball, and he has spent many years coaching his sons' baseball and basketball teams. An Ohio native, he is a devoted follower of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Reds.

Frequently Taught Courses

· U.S. History to 1865
· U.S. History since 1865
· History of Nebraska and the Great Plains
· American Revolutionary Era
· Federal Indian Law

Clio, one of the nine Greek muses, was later referred to as the Muse of History. A daughter of Zeus, Clio was highly regarded for her brilliant poetry and heroic acts. Her image usually includes a parchment scroll (an ancient source of record), a set of tablets (another ancient source of records), books, and/or a clarion (or trumpet). In her hair, she wears a laurel wreath. The image of Clio on this web page was taken from an 1800 painting by Charles Meynier entitled, Clio, Muse of History.