Dr. Blanton’s research interests are in the areas of international relations, comparative
politics, and U.S. foreign policy – with an emphasis on human rights and democracy.
She has published articles on the determinants of U.S. arms transfers, the impact
of arms imports on human security (human rights, democracy, and human development)
in developing countries, human rights as a determinant of U.S. foreign aid, and the
role of images in U.S. foreign policy decision-making.
Her current research examines the role that human rights concerns play in shaping
foreign direct investment and trade in the global community. This work investigates
whether there is a “business case” for human rights concerns in global economic interactions
and has implications for the growing debate about corporate social responsibility.Dr.
Blanton has won several research awards as a faculty member at The University of Memphis,
and has published numerous articles that have appeared in leading academic journals
within her discipline.
Her published work has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, International
Interactions, and elsewhere. Dr. Blanton assumed the responsibilities of department chair in 2003, and is an
active participant in the larger University community and within her professional
discipline. She is also affiliated with The Chair Academy, where she serves as a
facilitator for leadership development in higher education.
Dr. Blanton teaches courses on foreign policy, international conflict, international
relations theory and statistics. She joined the faculty at The University of Memphis
in the summer of 1999.