Dr. Stephan Fuchs

Trained at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the University of Kansas in Geography, History, and American Studies, my professional interests broadly cover cultural-geographic and historical topics with a specific focus on socio-demographic and cultural patterns and their traces in landscape and society. I combine qualitative (interviews, participant observation etc.) and quantitative (spatial statistics etc.) research methods and include archival and field work in my studies. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and (digital) cartography represent a special focus of my work for data collection, analysis and representation. My regional focus is on Central/Western Europe and North America.

As a professional researcher I adhere to the academic standards of fairness, transparency, and confidentiality.

For more information please visit my personal site on ResearchGate.


Professional Experience

since 2018:

2016 - 2017: Academic Associate, Department of Geography, Heidelberg University of Education

2016 - 2017: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Geography, Heidelberg University of Education

2016: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Geography Didactics, University of Koblenz-Landau

2013-2015: Study Programs Coordinator, Department of Geography, University of Heidelberg

2009 & 2013: Academic Associate, Department of Geography, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

2007-2008 & 2011-2013: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

2007-2012: Academic Associate, Department of International Affairs, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

2007: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Kansas


August 2013: PhD-Degree in Geography, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
2008-2013: PhD-Studies of Geography, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

July 2007: Masters Degree in Geography, University of Kansas
2005-2007: Studies of Geography, University of Kansas

2001-2005: Studies of Geography, History, and American Studies, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

List of Publications

Viehrig, K. / Notter, N. / Siegmund, A. / Hämmerle, M. / Fuchs, S. / Naumann, S. / Väljataga, T. / Savitski, P./ Tammets, P. / Stych, P. / Lastovicka, J. (2018): YCHANGE – Fernerkundung in der Schul- und Lehrerbildung. Geoagenda 1, pp. 32-33.

Fuchs, S. (2016): Place Names as Ethnocultural Indicators – The Example of German Toponyms on Maps of the American Midwest. In: Moser, J. (Ed.): Joint Commission Seminar on Historical Maps, Atlases and Toponymy. Leipzig: Leibniz-Inst. für Länderkunde (forum IfL 30), pp. 57-67.

Fuchs, S. (2015): Toponymic GIS – Role and Potential of Place Names in the Context of Geographic Information Systems. Kartographische Nachrichten 65(6), pp. 330-337.

Fuchs, S. (2015): History and Heritage of two Midwestern Towns: A Toponymic-Material Approach. Journal of Historical Geography 48, pp. 11-25.

Fuchs, S. (2015): An Integrated Approach to Germanic Place Names in the American Midwest. The Professional Geographer 67(3), pp. 330-341.

Fuchs, S. (2015): Germany in the Midwest. Deutsche im Amerikanischen Mittelwesten. Geographische Rundschau 67(3), pp. 29-35.

Fuchs, S. / Gerhard, U. / Krüger, F. / Titz, A. (2015): Der Mittlere Westen - Dynamische Veränderungen im Herzen der USA. Geographische Rundschau 67(3), pp. 11-13.

Fuchs, S. (2013): German(ic) Toponyms in the American Midwest. A Study of Place, Identity, and Heritage. Erlangen: Fränkische Geographische Gesellschaft.

Fuchs, S. (2007): Migration Routes and Settlement Patterns of German Immigrants in Douglas County, Kansas, 1860-1880. Masters Thesis, University of Kansas.

Classes Taught


Migrationsgeographie (Geography of Migration), University of Koblenz-Landau


Mensch-Landschaft-Beziehungen (Man-Landscape-Relations), Heidelberg University of Education

Migrationsgeographie (Geography of Migration), Heidelberg University of Education

StadtLandSchaft (City Landscape), Heidelberg University of Education (flyer preview & flickr page)

Siedlungsgeographie und Ländlicher Raum(Settlement Geography and Rural Areas), University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Bevölkerungs- und Sozialgeographie der USA (Demographic and Social Geography of the United States), University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Themen und Konzepte der Kulturgeographie (Topics and Themes in Cultural Geography), University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Field Trips / Excursions

Nördlinger Ries - Landschaft er-fahren (Nördlinger Ries - Landscape Experiences), University of Heidelberg (reader preview)

Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung in Unterfranken am Beispiel Würzburg (Urban and Regional Development in Lower Franconia - the Example of Würzburg), University of Heidelberg (reader preview)

Bamberg und Umgebung (Bamberg and Its Surroundings), University of Heidelberg (reader preview)

Stadtexkursion Heidelberg (Field Trip Heidelberg), University of Heidelberg

Laboratories / Tutorials

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, University of Bamberg

Bevölkerungsgeographie (Population Geography), University of Heidelberg

Einführung in die Geographie (Introduction to Geography), University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Geographie in Praktikum und Beruf (Internships and Jobs in Geography), University of Heidelberg

Introduction to Physical Geography, University of Kansas

Reviewer for:

  • The Professional Geographer
  • Landscape Research
  • The Newberry - Research Library, Chicago

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