Dr. Travis Blemings is an Assistant Professor (Instructional) of international relations at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Travis’ research focuses on the behavior of international organizations, the politics of development aid, and threat perception in US foreign policy.

img_0468-cropped“Fantastic approach to teaching. I’ve sat through a lot of classes where professors just read off of a powerpoint, with only a loose grasp on the subject. This was not so with Professor Blemings. With a vast knowledge of complex subjects, this professor was able to simply and clearly communicate the ins and outs of politics in a free and natural environment.”

Student Feedback (Summer 2016)


Travis’ paper Measuring Donor Influence at the World Bank has been accepted for publication with the Journal of International Organizations Studies (JIOS) and will be published later this year.

(Spring 2019)

Travis has been promoted to the rank of Assitant Professor (non-tenure track) in the Department of Political Science at Temple University.

(Summer 2018)

In the Fall of 2018, Travis will be co-teaching a course on the United Nations with the former Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations, Yuriy Sergeyev.

(Spring 2018)

Travis is currently serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor of international relations while working on revisions to his dissertation manuscript.

(Fall 2017)

Travis successfully defended a Doctoral Dissertation and was awarded a PhD from Temple University.

(Summer 2017)

Travis was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant from the Graduate Board Fellowship Committee of Temple University.

(Fall 2016)

Travis was awarded the William Allen Jones Award for Excellence in Teaching.

(Spring 2015)

Areas of Expertise

  • International relations
  • International political economy
  • International organizations
  • Economic development
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Quantitative Methodology

Research Interests

  • IO behavior
  • IO performance & effectiveness
  • Economic development
  • International Political Economy

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • World Affairs
  • US Foreign Policy
  • War and Peace
  • Globalization and Development
  • Foreign Governments
  • Quantitative Methodology in the Social Science