Blanton is new chair for Political Science and Public Administration

Robert Blanton, Ph.D., who joined the UAB faculty in 2014, will begin his new role Aug. 1.
Written by: Haley Herfurth
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BlantonJoomlaRobert Blanton, Ph.D.The University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences has named Robert Blanton, Ph.D., the chair of UAB’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

Blanton is an expert on the international political economy, including the human impacts of the global economy and the intersection of human rights and the global economic system. He will begin his new position Aug. 1.

Blanton has been a professor in the department since 2014. Prior to his work at UAB, he was a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Memphis from 2010-2014. While there, he also was director of the International Studies Program from 2003-2014 and the Governor’s School of International Studies from 2004-2014 and chair of the department in 2008.

“Continuing my work at UAB in this new role is an honor,” Blanton said. “I have watched UAB grow by leaps and bounds since I joined the faculty in 2014, and I am excited to play a part in its bright future.”

Blanton is widely published. He wrote the book “Defining the New World Order: Economic Regions and Patterns of Global Cooperation” and has published numerous refereed journal articles in publications such as Politics & Gender, Conflict Management, and Peace Science, among others. He has also written book chapters, reviews and other publications.

In 2012, Blanton received UM’s Distinguished Advising Award and also received the college’s Early Career Research Award and Distinguished Research Award. At UAB, he has served on a number of internal and external committees and boards, including UAB’s Fulbright Awards Committee and Faculty Affairs Committee and the College of Arts and Sciences Promotion and Tenure Committee. He also is a member of the editorial board for International Studies Review and International Studies Perspectives and recently was the section president of the International Education section of the International Studies Association.