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David Blanding

David Blanding

Associate Professor of the Practice of International and Public Affairs

Biography

David Blanding joins Brown from GAO, a nonpartisan agency that conducts research on federal policies and programs on behalf of the US Congress. As Director of Leadership and Executive Development Programs in GAO's Learning Center, he oversees a staff of specialists who manage and deliver leadership classes, executive coaching, mentoring, organizational development services, and leadership assessments, among other programs and services. Previously, David taught political science, public policy, and law at American University, McDaniel College, and Brown University. He earned his MA and PhD in political science from Brown University, and was a recipient of a dissertation fellowship from the Ford Foundation/National Research Council. He also received an undergraduate degree in political science from Boston University. Outside of his work in government and academia, David has been active in a number of not-for-profit organizations focused on educational equity, mentoring, and employment opportunity.