is Liberal Arts Research Professor in the Department of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University. He received a Ph.D. in Politics from New York University (1999), an M.A. in Middle East Studies from the University of Michigan (1994) and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago.
His research and teaching centers on the study of terrorism, political violence and armed intrastate conflict. His published research has examined several themes including the socioeconomic roots of terrorism, minority rights and terrorism and the impact of political regime type, political stability, foreign military interventions, religion, human rights, and state repression on terrorist movements and terrorist activity. In more recent work he has studied and blogged about U.S. public opinion about the use of extraordinary interrogation and detention of terror suspects. He has also investigated the effects of oil and the transnational narcotics trade on patterns of political violence and terrorism and was a co-investigator on a U.S. Department of Defense, Minerva Research Initiative grant on natural resources and conflict.
His published research has appeared in a variety of journals including American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, Political Psychology, Public Choice, Political Research Quarterly, Terrorism and Political Violence, Foreign Policy Analysis and the Southern Economic Journal.
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.
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