Department of Political Science and the College
Ruth Bloch Rubin studies American politics, with a substantive focus on legislative institutions, political parties, and American political development. Her book Building the Bloc: Intraparty Organization in the US Congress (under contract with Cambridge University Press) combines archival and interview data to explore how organized factions within political parties—groups like the contemporary Blue Dogs and the House Freedom Caucus—drive congressional development and structure lawmaking. Other research projects examine the foundations of judicial backlash to major Supreme Court decisions and Congress’s provision of health services to American Indians in the early 19th century.
Her research has been published in Studies in American Political Development and The Oxford University Handbook of American Political Development, forthcoming (with Eric Schickler).
Bloch Rubin earned her PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and was honored with an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. Most recently, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University, where she studied early American vaccination programs.