Professor Blings' research focuses on the intersection of social movements, political behavior and party politics. Specifically, he is interested in how political participation beyond voting in national elections shapes political parties and political outcomes. In illuminating the effects of alternative forms of participation his research explores the nature of political representation in contemporary democracies. Professor Blings’ current book project employs a multi-method approach to shed light on the role social movements play in influencing political parties with movement origins. At USU he teaches classes on European and European Union Politics, as well as social movements.