Gerrymandering in America, with Nick Seabrook

In his book One Person, One Vote, Nick Seabrook, an authority on constitutional and election law, examines the question of gerrymandering—that is, the intentional drawing of electoral districts for political gain. 

Seabrook looks at the history of gerrymandering, which he believes is “a uniquely American phenomenon,” and how new technologies have made the practice far more ruthlessly effective and efficient today than it has ever been. He scrutinizes the way in which gerrymandering has removed power from voters and how such efforts have withstood legal challenges.

“How do you solve a problem like gerrymandering?” asks Professor Seabrook. View our discussion below that addresses this and other questions.

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About the Speaker

University of North Florida professor Nick Seabrook

Nick Seabrook is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida. His research examines the intersection of law and politics in the United States, with a particular focus on redistricting reform and election administration. He is the author of the book “Drawing the Lines: Constraints on Gerrymandering in U.S. Politics,” which was published by Cornell University Press in 2017. He is an expert on constitutional law, election law, and gerrymandering.

Liam Julian | Moderator

Liam Julian is director of public policy for the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy. He was previously managing editor of Policy Review magazine in Washington, D.C. His writing and commentary on public policy topics has appeared in a variety of publications such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, City Journal, and National Review and on programs such as NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Mr. Julian also spent time working with the College Board, where he oversaw development of Advanced Placement curricula, including the redesign of the AP U.S. Government and Politics course. From 2006 to 2013, he was a Hoover Institution research fellow at Stanford University.