Ian  Muehlenhaus Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Ian Muehlenhaus

Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Hi. I presume you are here because you purchased or are considering my book, "Web Cartography." I hope you find it helpful! If you would like to know more about me, please see my biography here or visit my Website: www.ian.muehlenhaus.com If you would like more information about my Web Cartography book, please visit the companion site: www.ian.muehlenhaus.com/webcartography


Ian Muehlen­haus fell in love with maps grow­ing up in Duluth, Min­nesota. Dur­ing the long, dark win­ters of his child­hood he perused atlases and day­dreamed about dis­tant, warmer lands. He went on to earn his M.Sc. in Geog­ra­phy at Penn State Uni­ver­sity in 2002 and his Ph.D. in Geog­ra­phy at the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota in 2010. Today, he is for­tu­nate enough to study maps for a liv­ing as an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin – La Crosse.

Ian’s research on maps has been pub­lished in a vari­ety of jour­nals, includ­ing The Car­to­graphic Jour­nal, Car­tog­ra­phy and Geo­graph­i­cal Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence (CaGIS), Car­to­graph­ica, and Car­to­graphic Per­spec­tives. He is the Coor­di­na­tor of the annual CaGIS Map Com­pe­ti­tion and a for­mer co-chair of the Stu­dent Dynamic Map Com­pe­ti­tion for the North Amer­i­can Car­to­graphic Infor­ma­tion Soci­ety (NACIS). Ian has also acted as the Chair of the Car­tog­ra­phy Spe­cialty Group of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Geo­g­ra­phers and is cur­rently an Edi­to­r­ial Board Mem­ber of Car­to­graphic Per­spec­tives and a Map Reviewer for the Jour­nal of Maps. He has worked as a con­sul­tant for the National Geo­graphic Soci­ety and National Endow­ment for the Arts, and been invited to lec­ture on effec­tive map design at the NASA God­dard Space Flight Cen­ter.

Ian’s map inter­ests are myr­iad, although all tend to come back to map aes­thet­ics and pur­pose­ful design. Beyond Web map­ping, the focus of Ian’s research is on sys­tem­at­i­cally design­ing maps for more effec­tive infor­ma­tion recall, lik­a­bil­ity, and per­sua­sive­ness. More recently Ian has become inter­ested in the schol­ar­ship of teach­ing and learn­ing (SoTL). Web Car­tog­ra­phy was an attempt to write a book that was extremely approach­able to a wide audi­ence and so easy to read “my grandma could learn how to design effec­tive maps from it.” He is also increas­ingly involved in cre­at­ing geog­ra­phy and map­mak­ing resources for K-12 educators.

Dur­ing the aca­d­e­mic year Ian resides in La Crosse, Wis­con­sin, with his wife (fel­low car­tog­ra­pher, Bir­git Muehlen­haus), two daugh­ters, and their Wheaten Ter­rier. In the sum­mer, he and his fam­ily are often found in Ger­many, France, and Hun­gary vis­it­ing fam­ily and friends. More infor­ma­tion can be found about Ian at www.ian.muehlenhaus.com or on Twit­ter @iMuehlenhaus.

Ian loves spread­ing the word about maps and map design! If you would like to have Ian come speak in your neck of the woods, please inquire via email.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Web map design, persuasive mapping, affective mapping, marketing maps, geopolitics, Central European Geography

Personal Interests

    crime novels, sci-fi movies, board games



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