Anthony Robinson


Dr. Anthony Robinson is Director of Online Geospatial Education programs and Assistant Director for the Department of Geography's GeoVISTA research center at Penn State. In the former role, Robinson directs Penn State’s Online Geospatial Education efforts, including its Master of GIS and Post-Baccalaureate GIS Certificate programs, which have served over 5500 students since 1999. Dr. Robinson teaches Maps and the Geospatial Revolution on Coursera, a MOOC that has enrolled over 100,000 students from 200 countries to date.

For the GeoVISTA Center, Anthony's research focuses on the science of interface and interaction design for geographic visualization software tools. He has developed interface design and usability assessment methods for integrating geographic visualization tools with work in epidemiology, crisis management, and homeland security.

Research Interests

  • 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 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.