Director's Biography

Ariel C. Armony, PhD

Ariel C. Armony, PhD

Senior Director of International Programs
Director, University Center for International Studies
University of Pittsburgh

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Dr. Ariel C. Armony serves as the Senior Director of International Programs and Director, University Center for International Studies, at the University of Pittsburgh, a role he assumed on March 1, 2015. In those positions, he leads the University’s global engagement and the prestigious University Center for International Studies, home to top-ranked area studies centers including four National lResource Centers.

Dr. Armony earned a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Political Science in 1998 as well as a Certificate in Latin American Studies from one of the Pitt centers that he now directs. In addition to overseeing Pitt’s international programs, he holds faculty appointments in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Political Science within the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Dr. Armony was director of the University of Miami's Center for Latin American Studies, a position he held for four years. At Miami he encouraged cross-disciplinary work between scholars in a wide range of fields and was instrumental in bringing to campus major political leaders such as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón.

He has published extensively about Latin American politics, democratization, and the role of China in Latin America. He is the author of two books and has edited four. His book The Dubious Link: Civic Engagement and Democratization (Stanford, 2004) was a university press best seller. His work has been published in a number of highly respected journals in the United States, Colombia, Argentina, and China. Prior to his position at the University of Miami, Dr. Armony served as a professor and director of the Latin American Studies Program at Colby College, was a Fulbright Scholar at Nankai University in China, and residential fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He has been invited to speak before a wide range of groups such as the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the David Rockefeller
Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. In addition, Dr. Armony is a frequent commentator in news media, addressing Latin American
politics, China-Latin American relations, Latino issues in the U.S., and globaleducation issues.