Rachel M. Blum, PhD


You can download a PDF version of my CV here.

I have presented my research at conferences including the APSA (2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017), MPSA (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017), SPSA (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017), PolMeth (2015 and 2017), Political Networks (2014, 2015, and 2017), IC2S2 (2016), and Princeton Graduate Conference on Political Theory (2011).


Under Review

Book project (under review 2017): Inside Job: The Tea Party Takeover of the Republican Party. This manuscript combines original survey, interview, social network, geospatial, and automated content analysis to describe the Tea Party’s strategy vis-a-vis the U.S. Political Party system.

“Team Players: Fundraising and Factions” with Alexander Podkul (Georgetown University). Under review at the American Journal of Political Science.


Working Papers

“Gendered Frames in Television News: Reinforcing Masculinity in Politics” with Monica Schneider and Sophia Fideli (Miami University of Ohio and the Pew Research Center)

“Nominations and Coalition Networks: Detecting Party Factions in Network Data” with Hans Noel (Georgetown University)

“Faultlines in the US Congress: Factions in a Congressional Communication Network” with Patrick VanKessel (Pew Research Center)

“Trump and Foreign Policy” with Christopher Parker (University of Washington)

“Friends of Morality: Amicus Curiae Networks in State Court Cases on Abortion and Gay Marriage” with Abigail Matthews (Miami University of Ohio)


Is there such a thing as ‘Conservative’ Foreign Policy in 2014?” with Christopher Parker at the Brookings Institution.

Partisan Conflict and Congressional Outreach” with Solomon Messing, Patrick VanKessel, Adam Hughes, and Nick Judd at the Pew Research Center.


Much of my research relies on original or proprietary data. In the spirit of data openness and replication, data will be available for download here once I publish with it.

Congressional data comes from a collaboration with the Pew Research Center’s Data Labs team. Their Logos project features a comprehensive collection of Congressional communications. These include press releases, floor statements, Facebook posts, news mentions, and more.


What Donald Trump’s Rhetoric Borrows from the Tea Party” on Mischiefs of Faction

Wait, the Tea Party’s Back? Lessons from Eric Cantor’s Defeat” on Mischiefs of Faction

What do Tea Partiers Think of the GOP?” on Mischiefs of Faction