Professor Troy C. Blanchard is an Associate Dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Blanchard received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Louisiana State University in 2001. He is a demographer with research interests in the areas of migration, health, socioeconomic inequality, demographic methods, and social impact assessment. He served on faculty in the Department of Sociology and the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University from 2001-2007. Dr. Blanchard returned to LSU in 2007 and is currently is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. He is a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta-the International Sociology Honors Society and recognized as a LSU Rainmaker in 2009. He is the recipient of the 2013 Rainmaker Mid-Career Scholar Award in the area of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Blanchard’s research is designed to speak to both academic and policy related audiences and address key social problems facing communities. He has received competitive grants from a variety of federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. He also directs the Louisiana Population Estimates Program that is tasked with developing annual population estimates for Louisiana parishes and municipalities. His research has been featured in national, statewide, and local media outlets (such as Time Magazine, USA Today, and The Advocate) and he is a regular contributor to media coverage of social policy issues related to demography and social inequality.