Michael Rizzi

3611 Posvar Hall


B.S. – Foreign Service, Georgetown University, cum laude, 2003
M.A. – Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
Ed.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2017


Michael Rizzi joined GSPIA in 2007, and has served as director of student services since 2012. Prior to GSPIA, he taught in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Political Science (world politics and comparative politics) and at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies. As an undergraduate at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, he worked for the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (where he helped to research the biography, Ellsworth Bunker: Global Troubleshooter, Vietnam Hawk [UNC Press, 2003]), worked as a US Senate intern, and served as book review editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. While at GSPIA, he has served as national admissions chair for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs and as chair of GSPIA’s 2014 re-accreditation by NASPAA. 

Teaching and Research Areas

Geography and geopolitics; international organizations; international history; negotiation and diplomacy; education policy; religion and politics; higher education administration; history of American higher education; Catholic political and social thought; university mission and identity

Select Publications

Rizzi, M. (2018). A Typology/Change Model for US Catholic Universities: Expressing a Catholic, American Identity. Journal of Catholic Higher Education, 36 (2).

Rizzi, M. (2017). Book Review: Realizing the Distinctive University: Vision and Values, Strategy and Culture. Journal of Catholic Education, 21 (1).

“Iraq and Afghanistan Are Our Colonies Now,” (Sunday Op-ed), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sunday, September 8, 2010. 

“Split up Iraq Three Ways” (Sunday Op-ed), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Sunday, July 29, 2007.  (page B-7)

“Islam and Us” (Saturday First Person), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Saturday, March 11, 2006. (page H-1)

Consultancies and Public Service

Crossroads Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA 
Association of Professional Schools of Public Affairs
Georgetown University Alumni Association
Carlow University Office for Mercy Heritage and Service 
Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Pittsburgh
St. Anthony’s School Programs, Pittsburgh


PIA 2366 International Organizations
PIA 2355 World War II, the Cold War, and their Impact on Developing Countries

Other Faculty and Administrative Positions

Director of Student Services, GSPIA
Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh (2005-6). 


Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260