Meet Abigail Hall Blanco
Associate Professor, Economics
Phone: (813) 257-4058
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606
Building: JS Room: 241
2011 Bellarmine University, B.A. (Economics)
2013 George Mason University, M.A. (Economics)
2015 George Mason University, Ph.D. (Economics)
Abigail Blanco's research focuses on the economics of defense broadly understood. Her work has highlighted issues ranging from propaganda in democracies and the domestic consequences of foreign intervention, to police militarization and domestic extremism.
Professional and Community Activities
Blanco's most recent scholarship includes a publication with the American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings. She has published two co-authored books with Stanford University Press (Manufacturing Militarism: U.S. Government Propaganda in the War on Terror, 2021 and Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism, 2018). She has a third coauthored manuscript under contract with Cambridge University Press on the political economy of terrorism.
Blanco has worked extensively with members of the media to provide content on relevant, contemporary stories. She has provided training to other faculty on interacting with media and how to provide a good interview.
In recent years, she has worked with area middle and high schools to develop math curriculum that draws on "real world" applications form economics. This includes helping to create lesson plans and activities with the goal of boosting interest in math and other STEM fields from historically underrepresented groups.
Honors and Awards
Young Voices Contributor of the Year Finalist, 2021
Society for the Development of Austrian Economics Best Book Award, 2020
For Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of US Militarism
Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY Award), 2019
For Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of US Militarism Bronze in the Current Events I (Political/Economics/Current Affairs) Category