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EE380 Computer Systems Colloquium: Partisan Gerrymandering and the Supreme Court: The Role of Social Science

Partisan Gerrymandering and the Supreme Court: The Role of Social Science
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 4:30pm
Gates B03
Eric McGhee (Public Policy Institute, UC Berkeley)
Abstract / Description: 

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case this term, Gill v Whitford, that might lead to the first constitutional constraints on partisanship in redistricting. Eric McGhee is the inventor of the efficiency gap, a measure of gerrymandering that the court is considering in the case. He will describe the case's legal background, discuss some of the metrics that have been proposed for measuring gerrymandering, and reflect on the role of social science in the litigation.



See the Colloquium website,, for scheduled speakers, FAQ, and additional information. Stanford and SCPD students can enroll in EE380 for one unit of credit. Anyone is welcome to attend; talks are webcast live and archived for on-demand viewing over the web.


Eric McGhee is a research fellow at PPIC, where he focuses on elections, legislative behavior, political reform, and surveys and polling. His research on elections and electoral reform has appeared in top academic journals and in numerous state and national media outlets. Politico recently named his work on redistricting one of the 50 Ideas Blowing Up American Politics. Before joining PPIC, he was assistant professor of political science at the University of Oregon and served as a Congressional Fellow through the American Political Science Association. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.