Faculty Experts - Francis A. Galgano, Ph.D.

Francis A. Galgano, Ph.D.

Francis A. Galgano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Geography and the Environment
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Environmental Change
  • Geophysical Processes
  • Environmental Security
  • Military Geography


Geography and environment are two of the determinant factors in a location's habitability and prosperity. Intrinsic geographic features such as climate, topography, and susceptibility to natural disasters have far reaching social, political, and economic implications. Whether it's discussing earthquakes or floods, volcanic eruptions or the environmental impact of oil spills, Dr. Galgano is the source to turn to when working on environmental stories. His areas of specialty include coastal geography and military geography.


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • M.A., University of Maryland
  • B.A., Virginia Military Institute

Selected Publications

  • Veregen, Howard, Goode's World Atlas, 22nd Edition, Christoferson, R., Galgano, F.A., Marston, S., and Thompson, V., (editorial advisory board), New York, New York: Rand McNally, Inc., 2009.
  • Palka, E.J., and Galgano, F.A., (eds.), Military Geography: From Peace to War, New York, New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2005.
  • Galgano, F.A., "Beach Erosion Adjacent to Stabilized Microtidal Inlets," Middle States Geographer, 2010.

Selected Professional Experience

  • United States Army (Lieutenant Colonel), 1980-2007
  • Professor and Director of Geography Program, United States Military Academy

Selected Research

  • Ongoing: Military geography including the use of military lands, ungoverned space, environmental security and selected topics in historical military geography.

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