Eric Giordano, Ph.D.

Eric Giordano, Ph.D., is an associate professor of political science for the UW Colleges and founding director of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service. He has over 15 years of experience as a researcher, consultant and project manager for nonprofit, government and business groups. He also specializes in survey and focus group research design and analysis; strategic and action planning; coalition building, dialogue and deliberation training and facilitation; community development processes; public engagement research; and conflict management.

Dr. Giordano has trained over 500 government, business and nonprofit leaders in public engagement processes. Clients include Lawrence and Deaconess Hospitals in Massachusetts, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin municipal and county governments, Marathon County Department of Public Health, Workforce Development Board, and U.S. Workstories.

He currently leads a national project on the future of rural communities with the Kettering Foundation and nine state university extension teams. He has served on the National Youth Advocacy Program and Kids Voting USA-Wisconsin Boards and was recently named as an 4 Affiliate with UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Academy for Post-Secondary Education. He has alsoreceived two Chancellor’s awards for his outreach and engagement work. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

Skills and capabilities

  • Survey research and design
  • Project management assessment and outcome measures
  • Focus group research and design
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Feasibility studies
  • Team and coalition building
  • Group facilitation
  • Structured dialogue processes
  • Public engagement training
  • Mediation and conflict resolution

Domains of knowledge

  • Public participation and engagement
  • Organizational behavior
  • Organizational change
  • Political processes
  • Public policy and policy-making

Eric Giordano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science, UW-Stevens Point at Wausau