Anthony Robinson


Anthony Robinson is Assistant Professor of Geography and Director of Online Geospatial Education Programs at Penn State. Anthony leads Penn State’s online Postbaccalaureate GIS Certificate and Master of Geographic Information Systems programs in the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. He is also an Assistant Director for the GeoVISTA Center in the Department of Geography.

Dr. Robinson currently serves as President of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS), and is also the co-chair of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on Visual Analytics.

Anthony's research focuses broadly on designing and evaluating geovisualization tools to improve geographic information utility and usability. He has focused this work in epidemiology, crisis management, national security, and higher education domains. His research efforts have involved characterizing how users assemble and collect their analytical results, studying the use of visualization tools using eye-tracking, and exploring issues related to map symbol standardization in the context of emergency management. In recent work, Dr. Robinson has begun exploring the geographic dimensions of learner engagement to identify leverage points for spatial analysis and representation in learner analytics.

Anthony teaches one of Penn State’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – Maps and the Geospatial Revolution, which has drawn over 100,000 students from 200 countries since 2013.

Research Interests

  • cartography
  • visual analytics
  • geovisualization
  • usability
  • epidemiology
  • crisis management
  • geographic education
  • HCI
  • Online Learning


  • B.S. Applied Geography, East Carolina University (2002)
  • M.S. Geography, Penn State University (2005)
  • Ph.D Geography, Penn State University (2008)

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 160: Mapping Our Changing World
  • GEOG 361: Maps and Map Construction
  • GEOG 467: Applied Cartographic Design
  • GEOG 560: Geovisual Analytics
  • GEOG 588: Planning GIS for Emergency Management
  • GEOG 583: Geospatial System Analysis and Design


A complete list of publications is available at Google Scholar and ResearchGate.