I’m currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Florida.
My research explores on the cross section of geography and politics, with a focus on redistricting. My dissertation explores the common redistricting guideline of preserving communities of interest – that is, the idea that people who are similar to each other should be grouped together in a district map. Though it is a good idea in theory, in practice, the vagueness of what constitutes a community of interest has allowed partisan map drawers to use this guideline as post hoc justification for lines drawn primarily for political gain.
I have also done work exploring race and redistricting, as well as automated redistricting. I’ve been involved in the numerous court cases in Florida since 2011 regarding their House, Senate, and congressional maps as an analyst for the coalition challenging the plans, which have resulted in the first rulings that have struck down maps on partisan gerrymandering grounds.
To contact me, email bamos (at) ufl (dot) edu.
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