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Kelly Piazza

Associate Professor of Political Science,
U.S. Air Force Academy


Kelly Piazza (Senters) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy. She received her B.A. from Lafayette College in May 2013 and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2018. Kelly specializes in comparative politics and studies civil-military relations, strategic competition, gender, corruption, political regime transitions, and the political economy of development both in Brazil and in the broader Latin American region. She has published on these topics in World Development, the Latin American Research Review, and Latin American Politics and Society, among other outlets. The Lemann Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, and the United States Departments of Education and Defense have supported her research, professional development, and fieldwork in Latin America.

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