New Event Recording Online on Redistricting

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Following the 2020 census, states redrew legislative districts. In Michigan and California, independent citizen commissions took on drafting and approving new election maps.

How did this independent citizen commission approach compare to redistricting done by state legislatures? As promised by proponents of independent citizen commissions, did it make elections fairer, prevent gerrymandering, and improve representation for minority populations?

Leading academics on this topic will join us to discuss the latest research.


  • Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson is Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University and is the State Oversight Academy’s Academic Director.
  • Sara Sadhwani is Assistant Professor of Politics at Pomona College and served on the Citizens Redistricting Commission for the State of California.
  • Christian Grose is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at University of Southern California and Academic Director of USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.

Moderated by the Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy’s Ben Eikey.