Ashley Blum

Welcome! I’m a Ph.D. candidate in political science at UCLA studying comparative politics, political psychology, and political communications. My research examines the role of information in shaping how people think and act politically. I’m interested in understanding why people seek out the information sources they do, how people process information, and how information shapes political attitudes and behaviors. My dissertation focuses on the media in Russia. I ask why people sometimes make puzzling choices about the media sources they consume and trust, and what effect such choices have on their political attitudes.