Adjunct Professor of International Election Administration, SPA
Professor Blanc is an international expert on elections, specializing in elections in post-conflict and transitional societies. She is currently preparing an evaluation of political observation in Nepal. She served as the UN country representative and advisor to the Independent High Election Commission of Iraq for the 2010 parliamentary elections for Iraqi expatriates living in the United States. She has worked in the planning and management of international elections since 1996, including the transitional and post-conflict elections in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. She managed voter registration and elections for refugees and displaced persons, drafted electoral procedures and helped draft election laws. As IFES Deputy Chief of Party in Iraq, Blanc served as a senior manager for the international electoral assistance team. Blanc also worked in Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Guyana, Nigeria, and Jordan advising and assisting national authorities and non-governmental organizations on various election issues, including monitoring and mitigation of electoral violence. In Nepal, she evaluated the impact of observation projects funded by the British Government on the election. Until February 2010, Blanc was the Associate Director at the Center for Democracy and Election Management where she managed international election programs. Professor Blanc taught and lectured on various election topics at the Princeton University, George Washington University, and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy. She holds an MA in International Policy and Practice from the George Washington University.