Ohio University

Timothy G. Anderson

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Associate Professor
Clippinger 116

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 2 to 3 p.m., or by appointment

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Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1994


  • Cultural
  • Historical
  • World systems
  • Ethnicity

I am a historical geographer with research interests in three main areas. First, much of my current research focuses on the historical settlement geography of the United States, especially with regard to the historical production of regional cultural landscapes and identities. Second, I am interested in the historical settlement geography of Ohio during the early National period, with an emphasis on sub-regional cultural landscape formation. Finally, I have a long-standing research interest involving the production of cultural landscapes associated with Germanic Diasporas, especially in North America and Europe.

I am presently engaged in two primary research projects. The first involves a more nuanced understanding of the significance of Pennsylvania-German cultural landscapes in Ohio, set within the context of Federal land alienation policies during the early National period. The second focuses on the cultural landscapes of German settlements in the Romanian Banat resulting from state-directed Austro-Hungarian colonization schemes in the 18th century; I am particularly interested in the construction of dozens of “radial” and “rectilinear” villages in the region and viewing this organized colonization within the context of Austro-Hungarian geopolitical goals and aspirations.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 1200: Human Geography
  • GEOG 3200/5200: American Ethnic Geography
  • GEOG 3220/5220: Religious Space and Place
  • GEOG 3300/5300: Geography of Europe
  • GEOG 3340/5340: Historical Geography of the United States
  • GEOG 6210: Seminar in Historical Geography

Representative Publications

Anderson, Timothy G. 2014. Dividing the Land. In North American Odyssey, eds. C. Colten and G.L. Buckley. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 209-226.

Anderson, Timothy G. 2012. Introduction to Human Geography: A World-Systems Approach, 4th ed. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company (Custom-Published Text).

Anderson, Timothy G. 2005. Diagnostic Elements of the Pennsylvania-German Cultural Landscape in Central Ohio. The North American Geographer 4 (1-2): 21-39.

Anderson, Timothy G. 2001. Proto-Industrialization, Sharecropping, and Outmigration in Nineteenth-Century Rural Westphalia. Journal of Peasant Studies 29 (1): 1-30.

Anderson, Timothy G. 2001. The Creation of an Ethnic Culture Complex Region: Pennsylvania Germans in Central Ohio, 1790-1850. Historical Geography 29: 135-157.

Anderson, Timothy G. 2001. On the Pre-Migration Social and Economic Experience of Nineteenth-Century German Immigrants. Yearbook of German-American Studies 36: 91-108.