Rebecca Buller
Assistant Professor of Practice Geography

Dr. Buller and Brooke Bolin, BS 2015 Dr. Buller & Brooke Bolin, BS Geography 2015

Dr. Rebecca Buller is a cultural and historical geographer, with specialties in the Great Plains, human trafficking in Nebraska, and women and genders’ studies.  (Potential graduate students see Advising below.)

In Geography, Dr. Buller serves as the Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) International Geography Honorary Society (Alpha Phi Chapter) Advisor, Geography Student Organization (GSO) Faculty Advisor, a Graduate Faculty Associate, and Undergraduate Advisor.  She is a Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies.  There, she is an instructor and the Book Review Editor for both the Great Plains Quarterly and Great Plains Research. With a background and interests in education, she is a seven-time recipient of the UNL Parents Association “Contributions to Students” Award.  As an elementary school National Geographic (NG) Geography Bee champ and Nebraska State NG Geography Bee competitor as well as a college geography bowl team victor, she welcomes trivia challenges.  


  • Cultural Geography
  • Experiencing Place
  • Geographic Education
  • Great Plains’ Women’s History and Populations
  • Historical Geography and Historical Geography of the Great Plains
  • Human Trafficking/Social Justice
  • Outdoor Education and Leadership
  • Place Attachment
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Recreation and Tourism
  • Rural Geography
  • Sense of Place


  • customizing programs according to individual student’s passions to maximize opportunities for fulfillment and success
  • equal opportunity
  • excellence
  • experiential learning
  • healthy work-life balance
  • "Geography... must teach us, from our earliest childhood, that we are all brethren, whatever our nationality.  [G]eography must be... a means of dissipating... prejudices and of creating other feelings more worthy of humanity." Kropotkin 1885
  • integrity
  • offering and creating opportunities for students
  • transparency


  • BA Geography, BS Geography
  • MA Geography, committee chair, committee member
  • PhD Geography, committee member

Dr. Buller occasionally has openings for new graduate advisees, with possible GTA funding.  If you are a potential graduate student with similar interests, please contact her.

Classes Taught

  • Cultural Geography
  • Elements of Physical Geography
  • Elements of Physical Geography lab
  • Field Tour: Human and Physical Geography of Nebraska and the Black Hills
  • Field Tour: Iceland: Landscapes, Sustainability, & Tourism
  • Geography of Nebraska
  • Geography of the United States
  • Human Trafficking in Nebraska and the Great Plains
  • Independent Study in Geography
  • Internship in Geography
  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • Principles of Geography                                                            
  • Quality of the Environment
  • Women of the Great Plains
  • World Regional Geography

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BSEd - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geography and History Secondary Education (2003)

MA - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geography - Historical Geography of the Great Plains (2004)

PhD - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geography - Historical and Cultural Geography (2009)

Selected Publications

Buller, Rebecca A. “The Walter Savidge Amusement Company.” Nebraska History 98, no.2 (2017): 98-113.
Buller, Rebecca A. “Intersections of Place, Time, and Entertainment in Nebraska’s Hidden Paradise.” Nebraska History 92, no. 2 (2011): 82-95.
Buller, Rebecca A.“Life and Landscapes in the Post-Office Communities of Holt County, Nebraska.” Great Plains Quarterly 28, no. 2 (2008): 135-151.
Buller, Rebecca A. Review of Stitching the World: Embroidered Maps and Women's Geographical Education, by Judith A. Tyner. Historical Geography 44, (2016): 191-192.
Buller, Rebecca A. Review of Wyoming Grasslands: Photographs by Michael P. Berman and William S. Sutton, by Frank H. Goodyear Jr., Charles R. Preston, and Dan Flores. Annals of Wyoming: The Wyoming History Journal Autumn (2015): 33-34.

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