Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Blatt has served as a fiscal analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate, public policy director of a non-profit anti-poverty agency, and Director of a policy think-tank (Oklahoma Policy Institute, focused on state fiscal, social and economic policy issues). Blatt earned his PhD from Cornell University and his research has spanned topics ranging from state budget and tax policy, health care issues, social welfare, immigration, poverty and asset building, emphasizing the need for fair and adequate funding of public services and expanded economic opportunity, and financial security for low- and moderate-income residents. In addition to conducting and publishing research for a broad public audience, his work has included providing testimony to legislative committees, direct advocacy with legislators, extensive public presentations to community organizations, and organizing public policy forums and events.
Blatt writes a weekly opinion column for the Journal Record, a daily business newspaper, as well as regular OpEds for Oklahoma daily and weekly newspapers. He is interviewed regularly for Oklahoma radio and television, including frequent appearances on StudioTulsa, an interview program on Tulsa’s NPR affiliate. A more extensive list of columns can be found at the Oklahoma Policy Institute's website.