Ann Blankenship, J.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Educational Administration


Ph.D. Educational Administration and Policy, University of Georgia, 2013

J.D. University of Tennessee, College of Law, 2004

B.A. Political Science, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 2001



Dr. Ann Elizabeth Blankenship received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee, College of Law in 2004.  During her time at UT, Dr. Blankenship served as the Managing Editor of the Tennessee Law Review and worked in the school’s trial advocacy clinic.  For nearly four years, Dr. Blankenship was a practicing attorney in Tennessee and Georgia, specializing in civil litigation.  In 2013, she received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia.  Her research interests include education law, personnel issues in education, and equality of educational opportunity.  Dr. Blankenship has presented research based on these themes at national conferences (AERA and ELA).  She currently serves as the Associate Editor-in-Chief on the Education Law and Policy Review.   



Blankenship, A.E. (2014). Teacher tenure: The times they are a changin’.  Education Law and Policy Review 1, 193-227.

Dayton, J. & Blankenship, A.E. (2014).  Employment discrimination law: An analysis of the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Vance v. Ball State University.  West’s Education Law Reporter, 300, 713-728 

DeBray, E. & Blankenship, A.E. (2013).  Future policy directions for Congress in ensuring equality of opportunity: Toward improved incentives, targeting, and enforcement.  Peabody Journal of Education, 88(1), 22-36.           

Dayton, J., Proffitt Dupre, A., & Blankenship, A.E. (2011).  Model anti-bullying legislation: Promoting student safety, civility, and achievement through law and policy reform. West's Education Law Reporter, 272, 19-37.



Blankenship, A.E. (November 2013).  Teacher Tenure: The Times They Are a Changin’.  Paper presented to the annual conference of the Education Law Association. Westminster, CO. 

Blankenship, A.E. (April 2013).  Rethinking Tenure: An Analysis of Changes to K-12 Teacher Tenure Legislation from January 2008 through June 2012.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.

DeBray, E.H. & Blankenship, A.E. (April 2013).  Future Policy Directions for Congress in Ensuring Equality of Opportunity: Toward Improved Incentives, Targeting, and Enforcement.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.  

Blankenship, A.E. & Dayton, J. (November 2012).  Stopping bullies in their tracks: Legislating bullying at the K-12 and university levels.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Education Law Association. Hilton Head, SC.

Moret, L., Smith, M., Blankenship, A.E., Joaquin, E., Grooms, A.A., & Nauman,. C.  (2012).  Diverse meanings: COE grad students' conversations about diversity. Presentation at the University of Georgia, Dean's Council on Diversity. Athens, GA.



  • Faculty Affiliate, Research Initiative on Social Justice in Education (RISE)
  • Associate Editor-in-Chief, Education Law and Policy Review
  • Member, Education Law Association
  • Member, American Educational Research Association



  • David L. Clark Scholar, April 2013
  • University of Georgia, Emerging Leaders 2012-2013
  • Faculty Scholar Award, Educational Administration and Policy Department, University of Georgia, 2012