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Dr. Kelly Piazza

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Kelly Piazza
Contact Information

(719) 333-8067



Dr. Kelly Piazza (née Senters) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2018. Dr. Piazza specializes in comparative politics and studies decentralization, subnational fragmentation, democratic transitions, corruption, and gender politics in Latin America. She has published on these topics in Latin American Politics and Society, the Handbook of Brazilian Politics, and the Handbook on Geographies of Corruption, and the Lemann Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, and the United States Department of Education have contributed funding to her research.


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ill. (2018)

B.A., Government and International Affairs, Lafayette College, Easton, Penn. (2013)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 2019-Present)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. (Aug. 2018-May 2019)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Comparative Politics

Latin American Politics