Jenna Blankenship is a Research Assistant at GSIS where she assists the firm with comprehensive research and operations support. Ms. Blankenship graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oakland University with a degree in International Relations, focusing in Comparative African Politics and minoring in Spanish and American Politics.
Prior to joining the GSIS team, Ms. Blankenship worked as a Political Affairs Intern and Regional Director for The Borgen Project, where she advocated for more efficient use of US foreign aid. She also served as a volunteer at Freedom House Detroit, where she worked with refugees seeking asylum in the United States.
While a student at Oakland University, Ms. Blankenship researched gender equality across the continent of Africa, discussing the rise in gender equality in light of more recent democratic movements. Additionally, Ms. Blankenship conducted comparative studies of the political stability of organized crime in Mexico and Neopatrimonialism in Africa. At Oakland University, Ms. Blankenship was a Presidential Scholar Recipient and a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society for Political Science.