Erica Blum | PhD Student

Erica Blum

PhD Student

About Me

I am a 3rd-year computer science PhD student studying cryptography and distributed computing at the University of Maryland College Park, advised by Jonathan Katz. My recent work focuses on the security of consensus protocols under different trust models and network conditions.



[TCC20] Asynchronous Byzantine Agreement with Subquadratic Communication.
Erica Blum, Jonathan Katz, Chen-Da Liu-Zhang, and Julian Loss.

[CRYPTO20] Always Have a Backup Plan: Fully Secure Synchronous MPC with Asynchronous Fallback.
Erica Blum, Chen-Da Liu-Zhang, and Julian Loss.

[TCC19] Synchronous Consensus with Optimal Asynchronous Fallback Guarantees.
Erica Blum, Jonathan Katz, and Julian Loss.

[SODA20] The Combinatorics of the Longest-Chain Rule: Linear consistency for proof-of-stake blockchains.
Erica Blum, Aggelos Kiayias, Cristopher Moore, Saad Quader, and Alexander Russell.


[eprint20] Network-Agnostic State Machine Replication. Erica Blum, Jonathan Katz, and Julian Loss.


Crypto Chickens Go to the Beach, CRYPTO 2019 Rump Session.


Research Intern @ Facebook

Summer 2020

Scalable Consensus Intern @ SRI International

Summer 2019


University of Maryland College Park


PhD Computer Science (in progress)

MSc Computer Science (completed Spring 2020)

Haverford College


BSc with Mathematics Major, Computer Science Minor

Awards & Honors

2019 DFINITY Scholarship Winner

2020 Facebook Fellowship Finalist

2020 NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

2019 CRA Grad Women Cohort

UMD Dean’s Fellowship