Piazza, Penn State

James A. Piazza

Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science, Penn State

Vita     |     Research

James A. Piazza, PhD
 is Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University.  

His research and teaching centers on the study of terrorism, counterterrorism, political violence and armed intrastate conflict.  His published research has examined a wide variety of themes regarding terrorism including its socioeconomic roots, its relationship with minority rights, ethnic communities and diasporas, whether or not it is affected by repression, democratic governance and human rights violations, the role that religion plays in terrorist movements, criminal activities by terrorist organizations, public opinion and terrorism and how demographic changes affect attitudes toward counterterrorism.  

His most recent research examines how politician hate speech and social media disinformation campaigns drive domestic terrorism in countries.

Copies of his published work can be downloaded from his research page.

Piazza joined the faculty at Penn State in 2010.  He teaches graduate and undergraduate coursework on terrorism and Middle East politics.

Prior to coming to Penn State, Piazza was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He lives in State College with his wife and two children.

Department of Political Science, Penn State University
University Park, PA  16802  USA
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