I'm currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science and graduate instructor at the University of Florida. My CV can be downloaded here.
My dissertation is on the use of communities of interest in redistricting. The meaning of "community of interest" has been vague in both state guidelines for redistricting and in the academic literature, and I'm seeking to lay out three clear definitions of the phrase, and provide a methodology to convert them into actual districts. The bulk of the project will be to carry out the actual drawing of senate maps for five states, with each of the three definitions being the primary factor considered. These maps will be compared to the status quo of what has actually been passed in these states, and the partisan consequences will be explored. In so doing, I plan to fill a gap in the literature on identifying communities of interest and provide concrete examples of the methods in action, and to produce potentially important evidence for groups seeking to convince mapmakers to preserve their communities during the redistricting process.
I've also done work on automated redistricting. I've uploaded some of my python scripts on the topic to github - view the repository here.
To contact me, email bamos (at) ufl (dot) edu.