Stanford EE CS Colloquium<br><br>Title: Partisan Gerrymandering and the Supreme Court:The Role of Social Science <br>Speaker: Eric McGhee, Public Policy Institue<br>Date: November 1, 2017<br>Time: 4:30pm<br>Location: NEC Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building Room B3<br><br>Abstract: <br>The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case this term,<i>Gill v Whitford</i>,that might lead to the first constitutional constraints on partisanshipin redistricting. Eric McGhee is the inventor of the efficiencygap, a measure of gerrymandering that the court is considering inthe case. He will describe the case's legal background, discuss someof the metrics that have been proposed for measuring gerrymandering,and reflect on the role of social science in the litigation. <br><br><br>Bio: <br>Eric McGhee is a research fellow at PPIC, where he focuses onelections, legislative behavior, political reform, and surveys andpolling. His research on elections and electoral reform has appearedin top academic journals and in numerous state and national mediaoutlets. Politico recently named his work on redistricting one of the50 Ideas Blowing Up American Politics. Before joining PPIC, he wasassistant professor of political science at the University of Oregon andserved as a Congressional Fellow through the American Political ScienceAssociation. He holds a PhD in political science from the University ofCalifornia, Berkeley.