Rizzi has taught at GSPIA since 2007 and has served as director of student services since 2012. Prior to GSPIA, he taught world politics and comparative politics in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Political Science and at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for International Studies. 


Teaching and Research Areas

Rizzi's research focuses on these key areas:

  • Geography and geopolitics
  • International organizations
  • International history
  • Negotiation and diplomacy
  • Education policy


Select Publications and Funded Research 


  • Rizzi, M. (2019). Newman’s Idea of a University in Dialogue with the Land O’Lakes Statement of 1967. Newman Studies Journal 16 (2). 34-50.
  • Rizzi, M. (2019). Defining Catholic Higher Education in Positive Terms. Journal of Catholic Education 22 (2). 1-25.
  • Rizzi, M. (2018). We’ve Been Here Before: A Brief History of Catholic Higher Education in America. Journal of Catholic Higher Education 37 (2). 153-174. 
  • Rizzi, M. (2018). A Typology/Change Model for US Catholic Universities. Journal of Catholic Higher Education 36 (2). 171-191.


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