Dr. Abigail Hall Blanco earned her PhD in Economics degree (2015) and her master's degree in economics from George Mason in 2013. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky in 2011.
Her work focuses on topics surrounding the U.S. military and national defense. She has worked on issues including domestic police militarization, arm sales, weapons as foreign aid and imperialism. Her dissertation research centered on the political economy of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.
Blanco is currently working on a book project with a coauthor that examines how foreign interventions conducted by the U.S. government abroad have impacted domestic economic, political and social institutions and how these changes have negatively impacted U.S. citizens.
Her previous work has been included in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including; Public Choice, Defence and Peace Economics, Advances in Austrian Economics, Review of Austrian Economics, The Independent Review, Atlantic Economic Review, and The Journal of Private Enterprise.
She is a research fellow with the Independent Institute and contributes regularly to their blog, The Beacon. Her popular press pieces have been featured in outlets such as Newsweek, The Hill, The Daily Caller, The American Thinker, and the nationally-syndicated McClatchy-Tribune News Service.
During her time at Mason, Dr. Blanco had the opportunity to co-author and publish academic papers in Defence and Peace Economics, the Review of Austrian Economics, The Independent Review, Journal of Private Enterprise and the Oregon Law Review, as well as other peer-reviewed journals. She has published nearly ten popular press pieces and has been featured as a guest lecturer on Marginal Revolution University. She has presented her work at a variety of venues including the Southern Economic Association and Eastern Economic Association Conferences, the Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference, and the University of Oregon School of Law.
Dr. Blanco credits her academic achievements to the mentorship of the economics faculties at George Mason University and Bellarmine University. Their support and guidance over her scholastic journey has worked to enhance her critical thinking skills, her writing, and her ability to convey her work to others. They have worked to guide her, shape her long-term goals, and have provided her clear examples of the type of scholar and teacher she seeks to become.