Scott Piazza

Department of Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University
Pond Lab, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802


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Ph.D Candidate – Political Science

The Pennsylvania State University, anticipated 2020


M.A. – Political Science (Comparative Politics)

George Mason University, 2014


B.A. – Political Science

Villanova University, 2012

Research Interests:

My primary research interests are in terrorism and political violence, specifically:

  • targeting and tactics (e.g. tactical and spatial displacement),
  • response to counterterrorism measures,
  • determinants of group longevity/durability, and
  • group-constituent embeddedness and public support for terror groups.

Current Projects:

Piazza, James A. and Scott Piazza, Crime Pays: Terrorist Group Engagement in Crime and Survival

How do militants respond to drone strikes? Testing for evidence of geospatial displacement following drone activity in Pakistan.

Conference Presentations:

Crime Pays: Terrorist Group Engagement in Crime and Survival (with Professor James A. Piazza), International Studies Association Annual Conference, February 2017 (forthcoming)

Working Papers:

The Suicide of Terrorism: Refining Goodwin’s Theory of Categorical Terrorism (M.A. project, GMU, 2014) 🔗

Research appointments:

Research Assistant, Dr. Bumba Murkhurjee, Autumn 2016 (present)

Research Assistant, Dr. James A. Piazza, Autumn 2015

Teaching appointments:

Teaching Assistant, Intro to American Politics, Dr. Michael Berkman, Spring 2016

Awards and Fellowships:

Bunton Waller Graduate Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015-present

Technical Skills:

Stata; R; C++ (beginner)

Professional Affiliations:

The American Political Science Association

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