Research Affiliate: Alberto Giordano

Currently: Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, Texas State University

After graduating from the University of Padua in Italy, Alberto Giordano worked at Touring Club Italiano in the editorial office of the Thematic Atlas of Italy. He continued his education at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he graduated with a MA in Geography. Upon returning to Italy, he worked in the GIS sector on projects involving public and private partners, including the drafting of a standard on geographic data quality for the European Committee on Standardization (CEN). This project led to a coauthored book (in Italian) entitled Quality Control in GIS. Alberto then moved back to the US to pursue a PhD in Geography at Syracuse University. He currently is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at Texas State University.

His past publications have focused on the application of Geographic Information Science methods to historical cartography, policy analysis, and human geography. Most recently, his research has concentrated on the geography of Holocaust and genocide and on spatial forensics. In 2007, Alberto joined Tim Cole and Anne Knowles in organizing the interdisciplinary research group now called the Holocaust Geographies Collaborative. He was co-editor of the group’s first book, Geographies of the Holocaust (2014). With Tim Cole, he has coauthored journal articles and book chapters on the Budapest Ghetto. He is currently working on a project on the spatial patterns of the Holocaust in Lithuania, on a series of articles examining the social networks of the Holocaust in Italy, and on the spatial and temporal patterns of the Armenian Genocide. One topic that fascinates him is how maps are used differently by victims and perpetrators of genocide, including questions related to propaganda and the construction of the “other,” and to how cartography can function to resist, document, and denounce human rights abuses. 

For his research, Alberto has been awarded grants and research funding by the National Science Foundation, the Holocaust Educational Foundation, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the USC Shoah Foundation, and the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, among others. His service includes membership in the International Cartographic Association Commissions on Maps and the Internet and on Spatial Data Quality, the Italian (UNINFO) and European (CEN) standardization agencies, and other national and international organizations. Currently, he is on the board of the National Center for Research in Geography Education (NCRGE), a joint initiative of Texas State University and the Association of American Geographers (AAG).

Selected Publications

  • Co-edited with Anne Kelly Knowles and Tim Cole Geographies of the Holocaust (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014) 
  • Alberto Giordano and Anna Holian. "Retracing the 'Hunt for Jews': A Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Arrests during the Holocaust in Italy." In Anne Kelly Knowles, Tim Cole and Alberto Giordano, eds. Geographies of the Holocaust (Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2014): 53-87.
  • Tim Cole and Alberto Giordano. "Bringing the Ghetto to the Jew: Spatialities of Ghettoization in Budapest." In Anne Kelly Knowles, Tim Cole and Alberto Giordano, eds. Geographies of the Holocaust (Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2014): 120-157.
  • Alberto Giordano and Tim Cole. "On Place and Space: Calculating Social and Spatial Networks in the Budapest Ghetto." Transactions in GIS 15 (2011): 143–170.