Rachel Blum, Ph.D.


Miami University of Ohio

City: Dayton, Ohio

Country: United States

About Me:

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Miami University of Ohio. Originally from Denver, Colorado, I received my PhD at Georgetown University in May 2016. I specialize in political parties, ideology, political behavior, and computational methods. My book on the Tea Party (How the Tea Party Captured the GOP: Insurgent Factions in American Politics) is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press, and will be available in August 2020. I am a regular contributor to the "Political Junkie" programs on Cincinnati Edition (WVXU/NPR), and provide expert commentary on politics and elections for a variety of news writers. 

Research Interests

Political Parties and Interest Groups

Networks And Politics

Text as Data

Public Opinion

Religion & Politics

Tea Party


Campaigns And Elections

Countries of Interest

United States

My Research:

Topically, my research focuses on the Tea Party, political parties, factions, and ideology.Methodologically, I use social network analysis, natural language processing, survey experiments, interviews, and a variety of other quantitative and qualitative techniques.