Jeffrey Blanchard has taught urban design, architecture, and art in Renaissance and Baroque Rome for more than 20 years. He won a Rome Prize Fellowship to the American Academy (1978–79) and has resided in Rome ever since, where he has dedicated himself principally to teaching and academic administration for American study programs. His institutional affiliations in Rome have included the University of Notre Dame, the Pratt Institute, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
In 1988 Jeffrey began teaching courses in Renaissance and Baroque architecture and art for Cornell in Rome. He subsequently became Cornell in Rome's academic and field trip coordinator.
Jeffrey studied the history of art and architecture at Stanford University (BA '73), the Università di Firenze (Fulbright Fellow '74), and Yale University (MPhil '77), specializing in the Italian Renaissance.