• Rob Blanton, Ph.D., 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, has been named chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. 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 (UM) from 2010 to 2014. While there, he also was director of the International Studies Program from 2003 to 2014 and the Governor’s School of International Studies from 2004 to 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, including his book “Defining the New World Order: Economic Regions and Patterns of Global Cooperations,” numerous refereed journal articles in publications such as Politics & Gender and Conflict Management and Peace Science, among others. He has also authored 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.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Confronting human trafficking: The role of state capacityConflict Management and Peace Science.  37:471-489. 2020
    2019 Labor Laws and Shadow Economies: A Cross-National AssessmentSocial Science Quarterly.  100:1540-1565. 2019
    2019 Moving beyond employees: Antitrafficking training as facilitating social change 2019
    2018 Out of the shadows or into the dark? Economic openness, IMF programs, and the growth of shadow economiesReview of International Organizations.  13:309-333. 2018
    2018 Pro-Market Policies and Major Industrial Disasters—A Dangerous Combination? 2018
    2018 The Gendered Consequences of Financial Crises: A Cross-National AnalysisPolitics and Gender.  15:941-970. 2018
    2017 Dying for Globalization? The Impact of Economic Globalization on Industrial AccidentsSocial Science Quarterly.  98:1487-1502. 2017
    2017 Neoliberal Policies and Human Trafficking for Labor: Free Markets, Unfree Workers?Political Research Quarterly.  70:673-686. 2017
    2017 The impact of ILO conventions on worker rights: Are empty promises worse than no promises?Review of International Organizations.  12:75-94. 2017
    2016 Economic liberalisation, market institutions and labour rightsEuropean Journal of Political Research.  55:474-491. 2016
    2016 What makes international studies programs successful? A survey-based assessmentInternational Studies Perspectives.  17:136-153. 2016
    2016 Globalization and Collective Labor Rights 2016
    2015 Financial crises and labor: Does tight money loosen labor rights?World Development.  76:1-12. 2015
    2015 Is Foreign Direct Investment “Gender Blind”? Women's Rights as a Determinant of US FDIFeminist Economics.  21:61-88. 2015
    2015 The Impact of IMF and World Bank Programs on Labor RightsPolitical Research Quarterly.  68:324-336. 2015
    2013 Zombies and International Relations: A Simple Guide for Bringing the Undead into Your ClassroomInternational Studies Perspectives.  14:1-13. 2013
    2012 Rights, Institutions, and Foreign Direct Investment: An Empirical AssessmentForeign Policy Analysis.  8:431-452. 2012
    2012 Labor Rights and Foreign Direct Investment: Is There a Race to the Bottom? 2012
    2009 A sectoral analysis of human rights and FDI: Does industry type matter?International Studies Quarterly.  53:469-493. 2009
    2009 Surveying international studies programs: Where do we stand?International Studies Perspectives.  10:224-240. 2009
    2007 Economic globalization and violent civil conflict: Is openness a pathway to peace? 2007
    2007 Human Rights and Trade: Beyond the “Spotlight” 2007
    2007 Human rights and trade: Beyond the "spotlight" 2007
    2007 What attracts foreign investors? An examination of human rights and foreign direct investment 2007
    2006 Human rights and foreign direct investment: A two-stage analysisBusiness and Society Review.  45:464-485. 2006
    2006 Bringing the 'community' back: Integration, conflict, and cooperation 2006
    2004 The liberal illusion: Does trade promote peace? 2004
    2002 Colonial style and colonial legacies: Trade patterns in British and French AfricaJournal of Third World Studies.  19:219-241. 2002
    2001 Democracy, human rights, and U.S.‐Africa trade 2001
    2001 Colonial style and post-colonial ethnic conflict in Africa 2001
    1999 Structure and behavior in the world trading system 1999
    1999 Trading blocs and the capitalist world-economy: Insights and evidenceSociological Inquiry.  69:187-215. 1999
    1996 Diminished giant or vanguard for liberalization? The U.S. And the regionalization of tradePolitical Research Quarterly.  49:783-805. 1996


    Year Title Altmetric
    2009 Virtuous or Vicious Cycle? Human Rights, Trade, and Development.  89-103. 2009

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science and Government, University of South Carolina System : Columbia 1996
  • Doctor of Philosophy in International / Global Studies, University of South Carolina System : Columbia 1996
  • Full Name

  • Robert Blanton