Robert Ostergren

Position title: Professor Emeritus of Geography


Phone: (608) 262-2138


PhD, University of Minnesota, 1976


Cultural and historical geography of Europe and North America;
Place, space, architecture and ideology in Germany during the National Socialist era;
Nineteenth century European trans-Atlantic migration and settlement in North America


Book project: Building Nazi Germany: Place, Space, Architecture and Ideology (Rowman & Littlefield)


Geography 349: Geography of Europe
Geography 506: Historical Geography of European Urbanization
Geography 508: Landscape and Settlement in the North American Past
Geography 901: Seminar in Cultural Geography
Geography 903: Seminar in Historical Geography
Geography 940: Seminar in Regional Geography


Dept of Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison


The Europeans: A Geography of People, Culture, and Environment (2011) with Mathias Le Bossé. 2nd edition. Guilford; “Defining Liechtenstein: Sovereign borders, offshore banking, and national identity” (2009) in A.C. Diener & J. Hagen (eds.), Border lines and Borderlands: Political Oddities at the Edge of the Nation-State, Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 137-154; Wisconsin German Land and Life (2006). Edited with Heike Bungert, Cora Lee Kluge. Madison: Max Kade Institute, University of Wisconsin; “Spectacle, architecture and place at the Nuremberg Party Rallies: Projecting a Nazi vision of past, present and future.” (2006) Cultural Geographies 13, 157-181; “Cross-Border Regionalism at the ‘Macro’ Scale: The Baltic Sea Region,” (2005) in L. Hönnighausen, A. Ortlepp, J. Peacock & N. Steiner (eds.), Regionalism in the Age of Globalism: Volume 2. Forms of Regionalism. University of Wisconsin, pp. 49-75; Norden: A Thematic and Historical Geography (2002), Nordic Council: Nordic Cultural Curriculum Project (NCCP), No. 3; Wisconsin Land and Life (1997) edited with Thomas Vale. University of Wisconsin Press; The Cultural Map of Wisconsin: A Cartographic Portrait of the State (1996) University of Wisconsin Press; Patterns of Seasonal Industrial Labor Recruitment in a Nineteenth Century Swedish Parish: The Case of Matfors and Tuna, 1846-1873 (1990) The Demographic Data Base, Umea University; A Community Transplanted: The Trans-Atlantic Experience of a Swedish Immigrant Settlement in the Upper Middle West, 1835-1915. (1988) University of Wisconsin Press & Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis.


Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998
Honored Instructor Award, Office of Academic Initiatives, Divsion of Housing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011, 2009, 2008
Outstanding Achievement Award of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ASCM) for The Cultural Map of Wisconsin, 1996


Nick Bauch – Food and Place: Consuming Parma, Italy (MS, 2005)
Joshua Becker – Irrigation and Landscape Change in Colorado’s Grand Valley, 1880-1920 (MS, 2011)
Jon Bushman – Creating a Place of National Memory: The National World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington D.C. (MS, 2006)
Todd Courtenay – Nationalizing Landscapes and Tourist Spaces: Geographies of Heritage in Nineteenth-Century Rome (MS, 2003); Roma Scavata: Archaeology and Landscape in Expatriate and Nationalist Rome. (Ph.D., 2012)
Kara Dempsey – Constructing Contemporary European Regional Identities: Spanish Galicia’s “Cidade da Cultura” (MS, 2006); Galicia’s Hurricane: The Politics of Regional Representation and Place Branding (Ph.D., 2011)
Amanda Kolpin – Norske I Kaskeland: The Norwegians in Koshkonong. An Exploratory Study of Bounded Spaces in a Rural Ethnic Settlement (MS, 2005); Placing Literature: Vilhelm Moberg’s “The Emigrants” and the Geography of Identity in One Midwest Town (Ph.D., 2011)
Matthew Liesch – Early Days on the Gogebic Iron Range: Reputation, Riches, and Rowdiness, 1884-1890 (MS, 2006); Community Conceptions of Keweenaw National Historical Park (Ph.D., 2011)
Jonathan Munetz – Between Place: Food Consumption and Spaces of Inclusion and Exclusion in Montpellier, France (MS, 2011)
Chad Rathman – Site of Heritage-Site of Consumption: “Up North” in Brainerd, Minnesota (MS, 2005) Noel Rivera – Al Andalus as a Space of Coexistence: An Eventual Imaginative Geography (MS, 2009)
David Waskowski – From Soviet Union to European Union: A Study of Urban Change, Regional Integration, and Cultural Identity in Riga, Latvia (MS, 2006)
Katie Wirka -Jachymov: Heaven or Hell? Contrasting historical narratives about Jachymov, Czech Republic and its radioactive elements (MS 2011)
Yong Yu – Geographical Imagination, Representation and Landscape: Changing Images of Beijing from the Yang Dynasty to the 21st Century (Ph.D. candidate)


Advisory Board, Geografiska Annaler, Series B, Human Geography
College Board, AP Human Geography Development Committee