Bruce E. Johansen is Frederick W. Kayser Professor of Communication and Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he has been teaching and writing since 1982. He has authored 47 published books, most recently a three-volume set, Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science, Society, and Solutions (2017). Johansen holds the University of Nebraska award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA), the state system’s highest faculty recognition.
Johansen writes frequently about environmental subjects, including The Encyclopedia of Global Warming Science and Technology (2 vols., 2009), Global Warming in the 21st century (3 vols., 2006), The Global Warming Desk Reference (2001), The Dirty Dozen: Toxic Chemicals and the Earth’s Future (2003), and Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Issues (2004), a 200,000-word encyclopedia of indigenous peoples’ struggles with corporations with a
Johansen's first academic specialty was the influence of Native American political systems on United States political and legal institutions; his best-known books in this area are Forgotten Founders (1982) and Exemplar of Liberty (with Donald A. Grinde, Jr.), published in 1991. Johansen has described the present-day debate over this issue in Debating Democracy (1998), and Native American Political Systems and the Evolution of Democracy: An Annotated Bibliography (Greenwood, 1996; volume 2, 1999).
He also writes as journalist in several United States national forums, including the Washington Post and The Progressive, with letters to the editor in The Atlantic, New York Times, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, et al. He was co-editor of the Encyclopedia of American Indian History, a 4-volume set (ABC-CLIO, 2007), as well as a 2-volume Praeger Handbook of Contemporary Native American Issues (2007). He is presently writing Seattle’s El Centro de la Raza: Martin Luther King’s Living Laboratory (Lexington Books).
Johansen lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife Patricia E. Keiffer, a Spanish-English interpreter and family therapist, her son, Shannon Keiffer-Rose, and two grandchildren Samantha and Madison Keiffer-Rose.
Research and Creative Activity InterestsEnvironmental issues, Native American studies
EducationBA, University of Washington; MA, University of Minnesota; PhD, University of Washington
News Editing, News Writing and Reporting, Public Affairs Writing