Director's Biography

Ariel C. Armony, PhD

Ariel C. Armony, PhD

Vice Provost for Global Affairs
Director, University Center for International Studies
University of Pittsburgh

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Ariel C. Armony, PhD serves as the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and director of The University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. 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 Resource Centers. 

Armony earned a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Political Science in 1998 and 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, 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, 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 was a 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, Armony is a frequent commentator in news media, addressing Latin American politics, China-Latin American relations, Latino issues in the United States, and global education issues.