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Dr. Blankson is an international public relations and intercultural/international communication and media studies scholar. He is Chair and Director of Technology in the Department of Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) where he has been teaching since 2000.
Dr. Blankson teaches courses such as Electronic Public Relations, International PR, Intercultural Communication, Public Speaking, Professional and Technical Presentation Skills, and Communication Theory and Research Methods. His primary research areas focus on cultural and critical media studies, media in emerging democracies, and public relations practices among multinational organizations in developing countries.
Prior to joining SIUE in 2000, Dr. Blankson served as a private media and public relations consultant to institutions and businesses and also worked in the Division of Student Affairs at Ohio University. He obtained his doctoral degree from the School of Telecommunications, Ohio University in 2000. In 1999, he was named the School of Telecommunications' Outstanding Doctoral Student. In 2006, he received the Top Conference Paper Award in the International/Intercultural Division of National Communication Association.
Dr. Blankson has authored several articles and book chapters. His most recent book, Negotiating Democracy: Media Transformations in Emerging Democracies, was published by SUNY in 2007. His multidisciplinary educational background includes graduate degrees in Human Geography/International Development from University of Oslo, Norway (1994) and International Affairs from Ohio University (1995) and an undergraduate degree in Geography from University of Ghana (1987). At his spare time, Dr. Blankson loves to play and coach soccer. He also enjoys spending time with his family and watching sports on television. For more detailed information on Dr. Blankson's teaching, research, and service, please visit his website at www.siue.edu/~iblanks