Alessandro De Giorgi, Ph.D.

Dr. Alessandro De GiorgiProfessor,
Undergraduate Coordinator

Ph.D., Keele University, UK

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]; Publications


Contact Information:


Phone: 408-924-2967

Office: MH 508B

Fall 2022 Office Hours:


About Dr. Alessadro De Gigiori:

Alessandro De Giorgi received a Law degree from the University of Bologna (Italy) and a PhD 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 of 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.