Dr. Blackburn is an Assistant Research Scientist and Deputy Director of the Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Program with the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs in the Bush School of Government & Public Service and an adjunct faculty member at in the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences in the School for Public Health at Texas A&M University. In these roles she conducts research on issues related to pandemics, zoonotic diseases, and health of vulnerable populations. Dr. Blackburn teaches course on infectious disease in low-income countries, refugee health, the social and political impacts of pandemics, and bioterrorism.
Prior to her position at the Scowcroft Institute she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Field Disease Investigation Unit in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. Dr. Blackburn received her PhD in 2015 from Washington State University as part of the Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program, a degree program that requires three major fields of study. Dr. Blackburn’s doctoral fields were Political Science, Communication, and Veterinary Clinical Sciences.