Bug fixes for Democracy: Gerrymandering, Big Data, and the New Federalism

Sam Wang, Professor of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Date: 
Tue, 10/15/2019 - 6:00pm
Audience: 
By Invitation Only
Graduate Students
Policy Students

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The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to join us for "Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers," where our guest will be Sam Wang, Professor of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, and founder of the Princeton Election Consortium and the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.

From Professor Wang:  "In our national democracy, there is no guaranteed way for the majority to make its wishes felt. One major reason is partisan gerrymandering, which locks in an advantage for the controlling party. I will discuss ways in which citizens, data scientists, and advocates are rising to this challenge on a state-by-state basis. I will focus on the recent example of North Carolina."

PLEASE NOTE: The “Law in Public Service” series provides an opportunity for policy students to engage in a single-table off-the-record conversation with experts in policy issues on the public agenda. Attendance is limited and determined by the order of response. Any student who commits to attend must notify LAPA at least 24 hours in advance of the dinner if they will not attend, and/or should endeavor to find a substitute. 

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Sam Wang
Professor of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Sam Wang is professor of neuroscience and a faculty affiliate in law and public affairs, information technology policy, and quantitative and computational biology. He pioneered the use of state polls to track presidential elections in 2004, leading to the establishment of the Princeton Election Consortium. In 2017 he founded the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, which combines law, math, and policy to drive redistricting reform.