Graduate Students

Ashley Blum

Contact Information

Office  3360 Bunche Hall


BA Government, Dartmouth College (2013)

Fields of Study

Comparative politics, political psychology, Russian politics, quantitative methods


My research interests are in ethnic politics and political psychology. I study how identity, especially ethnic and national identity, becomes politically salient and how political forces, elite messaging and the media affect public attitudes and behaviors around these issues. My primary region of interest is in Russia and other post-Soviet states. My current research examines xenophobia and nationalism in Russia. 

Grants and Awards

Graduate Research Mentorship (2018-2019)

Center for European and Russian Studies pre-dissertation fellowship (2018)

UCLA political psychology fellowship (2017)

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (2016, 2017)


Society for Political Methodology annual meeting (2018) (poster session)

Working Group in African Political Economy annual meeting (2018)