Alberto Cairo joined the School of Communication at the University of Miami in January 2012. He holds a BA in Journalism (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain), and a Masters degree and a PhD from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). He teaches courses on infographics, data visualization, and data journalism.
He is author of the books The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization (Peachpit Press/Pearson Education, 2012), and The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (Peachpit Press/Pearson Education, 2012). He's currently writing his first book for the general public, explaining how graphs, charts and maps can mislead, to be published in 2019.
Alberto Cairo led the creation of the Interactive Infographics Department at El Mundo (elmundo.es, Spain), in 2000. His department is widely considered a pioneer in online news. Cairo’s team won more Malofiej and Society for News Design (SND) infographics international awards than any other news organization worldwide between 2001 and 2005.
In the past decade, Cairo has taught and consulted for educational institutions and companies in nearly thirty countries. He's currently a consultant for organizations such as Google News Initiative, NORC at the University of Chicago, the European Commission, the Congressional Budget Office, etc.