Elise Pizzi

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Assistant Professor
321 SH
Drop-in hours:
M 1:30–3:00pm (office), W 8:30–10:00am (on Zoom)
Phone number:
(319) 335-2360
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Research Areas

Comparative Politics


Elise Pizzi is an Assistant Professor of Political Science.  She received her PhD from the University of Colorado in 2015.  Her primary research focuses on public goods provision in developing countries, specifically the local politics of drinking water provision in rural China.  Her research also addresses the role of ethnic identity and geographic conditions in natural resources governance and civil conflict.  She is the recipient of a Fulbright and Foreign Language and Area Studies grants.  


Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder 2015


  •  Burch, Michael and Elise Pizzi. “Local Fights in National Conflicts: Understanding Patterns of Violence during Intrastate Conflict.” Civil Wars. 16:1, 24-45. (2014)