Dr. Shannon Blanton. Professor; Dean, UAB Honors College
(205) 934-4527
Heritage Hall 546

Research Interests: International relations, foreign policy, human rights, political violence, international political economy

Office Hours:  By appointment

  • BA, Georgia College, Political Science & Public Administration
  • MA, University of Georgia, Political Science
  • PhD, University of South Carolina, International Studies

Dr. Shannon Lindsey Blanton specializes in the areas of international relations and foreign policy, with an emphasis on human rights, political violence, and international political economy. In addition to her extensive administrative experience — she is the inaugural dean of the UAB Honors College, past vice provost for undergraduate programs, department chair and undergraduate coordinator — Dr. Blanton has taught courses on foreign policy, international relations, international conflict, and statistics.

Dr. Blanton has published articles on the determinants of U.S. arms transfers, the impact of arms imports on human security in developing countries, human rights as a determinant of U.S. foreign aid, and the role of cognitive images in U.S. foreign policy decision-making. Investigating the significance of human rights concerns in global economic interactions, she has also examined the role that human rights concerns play in shaping foreign direct investment and trade in the global community. Her most recent research examines the impact of international financial institutions, financial crises, and globalization on labor rights and human trafficking in countries around the world.

Dr. Blanton has received several research awards, published her articles in leading academic journals within her discipline, and served on a number of editorial boards. She is also a co-author of multiple editions of a leading textbook, World Politics: Trend and Transformation, and has collaborated with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs to create a companion guide of pedagogical resources. She is currently the chair (2017-2019) for the Scientific Study of International Processes section of the International Studies Association. Of all her endeavors, she values most highly the opportunity to mentor and support the many outstanding students who pursue greater learning at UAB. More information is available on Dr. Blanton’s CV.

  • Socio-Economic and Political Change in Contemporary Cuba (Study Abroad)
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Political Statistics
  • Dursun Peksen, Shannon Lindsey Blanton, and Robert G. Blanton, “Neoliberal Policies and Human Trafficking for Labor: Free Markets, Unfree Workers?” Political Research Quarterly. Forthcoming.
  • Shannon L. Blanton and Charles W. Kegley, World Politics: Trend and Transformation, 2016-2017 edition (Sixteenth Edition) (Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2017).
  • Robert G. Blanton and Shannon Lindsey Blanton, “Globalization and Collective Labor Rights,” Sociological Forum 31 (No. 1, 2016).
  • Robert G. Blanton, Shannon Lindsey Blanton, and Dursun Peksen, “Financial Crisis and Labor: Does Tight Money Loosen Labor Rights?” World Development 76 (2015):1-12.
  • Robert G. Blanton, Shannon Lindsey Blanton, and Dursun Peksen, “The Impact of IMF and World Bank Programs on Labor Rights,” Political Research Quarterly 68 (No. 2, 2015):324-33.
  • Shannon Lindsey Blanton and Robert G. Blanton, "What Attracts Foreign Investors? An Examination of Human Rights and Foreign Direct Investment," The Journal of Politics 69 (No. 1, 2007):143-55.
  • Shannon Lindsey Blanton, "Foreign Policy in Transition? U.S. Arms Transfers, Democracy and Human Rights," International Studies Quarterly 49 (2005):647-67.
  • Shannon Lindsey Blanton, "Promoting Human Rights and Democracy in the Developing World: U.S. Rhetoric versus U.S. Arms Exports," American Journal of Political Science 44 (No.1, 2000):123-31.
  • Shannon Lindsey Blanton, "Instruments of Security or Tools of Repression? Arms Imports and Human Rights Conditions in Developing Countries," Journal of Peace Research 36 (No.2, 1999):233-44.
  • New Faculty Research Initiation Award, 2000
  • Early Career Research Award, 2001
  • Alumni Association Distinguished Research in the Social Sciences and Business Award, 2007
  • Gamma Beta Phi Society Honor Society, inducted 1987
  • Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society, inducted 1992
  • Phi Beta Delta Honor Society, inducted 2003
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, inducted 2011
  • Pearson Education/Prentice Hall Educational Advisory Board 2001-2009
  • International Studies Perspectives Editorial Board 2004-2010
  • International Studies Quarterly Editorial Board 2009-2013
  • International Interactions Editorial Board 2012-2013
  • Foreign Policy Analysis Editorial Board 2010-2015
  • 2017-2019 Section Chair, Scientific Study of International Processes, International Studies Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Peace Science Society (International)