Peter David Blanck was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law from 1990 to 1993, and was a full Professor of Law from 1993 until 2006. While at the University of Iowa, Professor Blanck was also the Kierscht Professor of Law from 2002 until 2006, and the director of the Law, Health Policy & Disability Center from 2000 to 2006. Professor Blanck is Honorary Professor, Centre for Disability Law & Policy, at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Professor Blanck received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester, a Juris Doctorate from Stanford University, where he was President of the Stanford Law Review, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University.
Professor Blanck has written articles and books on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws, and received grants to study disability law and policy.
Professor Blanck is Chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC), and President of Raising the Floor (RtF) USA. He is a former member of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, a former trustee of YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network, a former Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Washington Program, a former Fellow at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, and has been a Mary Switzer Scholar. Prior to teaching, Professor Blanck practiced law at the Washington D.C. firm Covington & Burling, and served as law clerk to the late Honorable Carl McGowan of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.