Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication of the University of Miami (UM). He is also the director of the visualization program at UM’s Center for Computational Science. Between 2005 and 2009 he was a Professor at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He's also been an executive editor at several news publications in Spain and Brazil, and in 2012 he created the first journalism Massive Open Online Course in the word, in collaboration with the Knight Center at U-T Texas.
He is the author of the books The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization (2012) and The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (2016). He also works as a permanent consultant for companies like Google and Microsoft.