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. How can a mapmaker properly define what communities deserve preservation, and how can she then identify where they are located within the jurisdiction in question? Can this redistricting criterion be balanced along with other good practices, such as drawing compact districts and minimizing the splitting of counties or cities? What effect will it have on representation and partisan outcomes? I expect to find that a larger focus on communities of interest is possible without sacrificing other goals, and both representation and partisan fairness will improve compared to the status quo strategies used in legislature-drawn maps.
To contact me, email bamos (at) ufl (dot) edu.