I’m currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Florida.
My dissertation is on the preservation of communities of interest in redistricting. Thanks to partisan gerrymandering, these sorts of communities are often secondary concerns to the state legislators who draw legislative maps. What happens to the quality of representation when interests are cracked across several representatives, and is it worse than if the community were kept whole? I will examine legislatures in a number of states and both racial and non-racial communities to get at an answer to this question. (To ease the suspense, my preliminary results say yes, cracked representation is worse.)
To contact me, email bamos (at) ufl (dot) edu.