Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Summer 2020

Department 1



The Consent of the Governed is a Kolbe Fellowship project investigating gerrymandering through the lens of mathematics, Supreme Court litigation, and the potential for redistricting reform. It was produced as a five-episode podcast during the summer of 2020; this paper is the transcription of the podcast script. The project begins with an analysis of the impact of gerrymandering on the composition of the current U.S. House of Representatives. It then investigates the arguments and stories of Supreme Court gerrymandering cases in the past twenty years within their political contexts, with a focus on the Court's reaction to different mathematical methods to measure partisan gerrymandering. The project also looks at the potential for state-level redistricting reform, including through state supreme court litigation and citizen-led ballot initiatives.

Listen to the podcast.


Produced as part of the Kolbe Summer Fellows Program in the Summer of 2020

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