Dr. Rachel Blum is the Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. She specialized in political parties, ideology, political behavior, and computational methods. She received her PhD at Georgetown University in May 2016. Prior to her appointment at the University of Oklahoma, she held a faculty appointment at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Dr. Blum now lives in Norman, Oklahoma. She is joined in Norman by her partner, kiddo, parents, grandmother, mature dog, and two active Bengal cats. During her free time, Dr. Blum trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, plays chess, bakes, and explores the outdoors.
Dr. Blum’s book on the Tea Party, How the Tea Party Captured the GOP: Insurgent Factions in American Politics (University of Chicago Press) is now available for purchase! A full list of projects can be found on the Research page.
Dr. Blum is the book review editor at The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics.
In addition, she plays an active role in the Carl Albert Center’s NEW (National Education for Women) leadership program and graduate program. She teaches the Center’s community engagement internship class, Community Scholars, as well as courses on American politics and political methodology in the Department of Political Science. Syllabi and other instructional materials can be found on the Teaching page.