Gerrymandering & Ethical GIS

Gerrymandering has been a problem throughout American history, but it is particularly pervasive today thanks to advances in geospatial technology. This project shines a light on the ethical challenges geospatial technologies pose to American democracy by: 1) assembling open historical GIS data depicting political gerrymandering in action, and 2) bringing together the technologists, journalists and researchers imagining a future in which geospatial technology is used to strengthen democracy and social justice, not the other way around. The applicant is a current doctoral student at the UW-Wisconsin Madison and has undergraduate degrees in political science and education from Northwestern University and a master's degree in philosophy, focused on political ethics, from the National University of Ireland-Galway. He was a 2010 Fulbright Scholar. He has a passion for the power of digital mapping and helped create the nonprofit digital humanities projects and