Alessandro De Giorgi, Ph.D.

Dr. Alessandro De GiorgiProfessor,
Undergraduate Coordinator



Ph.D., Keele University, UK

Curriculum Vitae (CV) [pdf]; Publications

Contact Information:

Phone: 408-924-2967
Office: MH 508B

For Summer Session Undergraduate advising, please see major advisors.

Fall 2024 Office Hours: TBA


About Dr. Alessadro De Giorgi:

Alessandro De Giorgi received a Law degree from the University of Bologna (Italy) and a Ph.D. in Criminology from Keele University (United Kingdom). Before joining the Department of Justice Studies, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Saarland (Germany), the University of Bern (Switzerland), and the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California Berkeley (USA). He is the author of Rethinking the Political Economy of Punishment: Perspectives on Post-Fordism and Penal Politics (Ashgate, 2006) and several articles and book chapters on punishment and social theory. Currently, he serves as co-editor of the journal Punishment & Society.

Areas of Interest:

  • Critical Criminology
  • Political Economy of Punishment
  • Prisons
  • Urban Ethnography

Recent Publications:

De Giorgi, A. (2022) Social Structures and Penal Change: Marxist Critiques of Punishment in Late Capitalism. The SAGE Handbook of Marxism.

De Giorgi, A. (2019) Estruturas Sociais e Reformas Penais: Críticas Marxistas à Punição no Capitalismo Tardio. Direito Publico 16(89): 29–57.

De Giorgi, A. (2018) Punishment, Marxism, and Political Economy. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

De Giorgi, A. – Fleury-Steiner, Ben (eds.) (2017) Neoliberal Confinements: Social Suffering in the Shadows of the Carceral State. (special issue of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order).

De Giorgi, A. (2017) Back to Nothing: Prisoner Reentry and Neoliberal Neglect. Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order  44(1): 83–120.