Ryan Weichelt

Assistant Professor of Geography

Office: 261 Phillips Hall
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Phone: 715.836.4426
Fax: 715.836.6027
Email: weicherd@uwec.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests
Political Geography, Electoral Geography of the United States, Urban Geography, Quantitative Methods, Economic Geography, Population Geography, and Sports Geography

U.S. and Wisconsin Election Maps and Results

General Wisconsin Election Maps and Results (2012)

Wisconsin Supreme Court Election Maps and Results (2011)

Wisconsin Presidential Maps and Results

***New, 2012 Results at the Voting District Level**

Wisconsin Governor Election Maps and Results (2002 - 2012)

**Ward Level 2010 Gubernatorial Election and the Ward Level June 5th, 2012 Recall Maps Now Available*

Local Maps



2008 Ph.D. Geography, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dissertation: Scale Factors in Hispanic Voting Behavior

2002 M.A.G. Geography, Texas State University-San Marcos

2000 B.S. Geography, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Minor: Political Science


2009-present - Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Anthropology, University of WI-Eau Claire
2008-2009 - Visiting Instructor, Department of History and Geography, University of Central Oklahoma
2008 - Visiting Instructor, Department of Education, Nebraska Wesleyan University
2007 - Visiting Instructor, Department of Social Science, Dana College
2004-2008 - Instructor and Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Nebraska
2003 - Adjunct Instructor, Department of Criminal Justice, Texas State University


Geog 111 - Human Geography
Geog 155 - Economic Geography
Geog 178 - Environmental Geography
Geog 328 - Quantitative Methods in Geography
Geog 367 - U.S. Migration
Geog 368 - Geography of New York City

Geog 446 - Political Geography
Geog 470 - Urban Geography


2014. Weichelt, Ryan and Laura Middlesworth. "Bridging the Gap Between Censuses: Using the Longitudinal Tract Data Base to Analyze Foreclosures in Dane County, Wisconsin." Geography Online. Vol. 13 (1).

2012. Weichelt, Ryan and Ezra Zeitler. "Multi-Scalar Cartographic Analysis of 2008 and 2010 Election Returns in Wisconsin, USA." Journal of Maps.

2010. Weichelt, Ryan. "Does a Hispanic Political Region of South Texas Exist?  An Electoral Analysis of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1952 to 2008 in the State of Texas." Southwestern Geographer: Vol. 14.

2006. Weichelt, Ryan and Jonathan Herbert. “Sports and Climate: A Case Study of
Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers.”  The Geography-Sports Connection: Using Sports to Teach Geography: 17 – 24.

Faculty/Student Research Collaboration Projects

Dunning, Benjamin. 2012. "Wisconsin Electoral History." Poster presented at UWEC's 2012 Student Research Day.

Kelly, Meghan and Jon Bowen. 2012 "The Geography of Supper Tuesday in Ohio Through Twitter." Poster presented at UWEC's 2012 Student Research Day.

Sackmann, Matthew.  2011.  “Crime Analysis of Eau Claire County.”  Poster presented
at UWEC’s 2011 Student Research Day. 

Diller, Alyson. 2011. “Spatial Analysis of Lottery Revenue across Neighborhoods of
Contrasting Socioeconomic Make-up in Southeastern Wisconsin.” Poster presented at the 2011 Association of American Geographers National Meeting, Seattle, WA.
*Poster also presented at UWEC’s 2011 Student Research Day. **4th Place Winner**
Melsness, David. 2011. “Displacement of Crime in Chicago.”  Poster presented at the
2011 Association of American Geographers National Meeting, Seattle, WA. 
*Poster presented at UWEC’s 2011 Student Research Day and 2011 Provost Honors Symposium. **2nd Place Winner**

Melsness, David. 2010 “Geographic Crime Displacement in Chicago’s Southside.”  Poster
presented at the 2010 Race, Place, and Ethnicity Conference in Binghamton, NY.

Baum, Rebekah. 2010.  " Examining the Relationship between Alcohol
Outlets and Crime through Regression Analysis in Eau Claire County, WI.” Poster
presented at the 2010 Annual Association of American Geographers National Meeting, Washington D.C.

Darin Mertig. 2010. "Geographic Bias in the National Football League Draft, 1970-2009." Poster presented at the 2010 Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C.

Melsness, David. 2010. “A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Displacement Theory and
Crime In Engelwood, Chicago." Research presented at the 2010 UW-Eau Claire student research day. **4th Place Winner**

Evan Byers. 2009. "Geography of Minnesota High School Hockey." Research presented at the 2009 Meeting of the West Lakes Region of the Association of American Geographers, St. Paul, MN.

Invited Lectures

October 2009.  Idea Lounge X: The Urban Battle.  Panel discussant, sponsored by Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI).  

October 2008.  “The Electoral Behavior of Hispanics at a National Scale: 1980-2004 and Beyond.”  A presentation to the American Democracy Project, Edmond, Oklahoma. 

December 2007.  “The Physical Geography of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.”  A presentation to the LEAD Program sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in Lincoln, NE.    

Great Web Resources

Electoral Geography  

A plethora of U.S. Presidential, Senate, and Gubernatorial elections: http://www.uselectionatlas.org/
2008 U.S. Election voter turnout data: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/index.html
Wisconsin State election results 2005 to the present: http://elections.state.wi.us/
Minnesota State election results 1998 to the persent: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/
Variety of election related data: http://www.electionstudies.org/

Great source of international election results: http://electionresources.org/

Population Geography

The Holy Grail of U.S. population data: http://www.census.gov/
Shapefiles for all Census designations: http://www.census.gov/geo/www/cob/bdy_files.html
Excellent source for historical U.S. Census Data and Shapefiles: http://www.nhgis.org/
European Census information: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/statistics/themes
International population information, Population Reference Bureau: http://www.prb.org/
International health data, World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/research/en/

Economic Geography

U.S. Agricultural Data: http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/
U.S. Economic Census: http://www.census.gov/econ/
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: http://www.bea.gov/
International Economic Data: http://www.worldbank.org/
International Data, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas: http://www.dallasfed.org/data/interdata.html