New Course Teaches Students How to Map Congressional Districts

Summer 2011

Professor Nathaniel Persily has created a new course that teaches students how to map “legally defensible” congressional districts using an innovative computer program. The nonpartisan redistricting maps are then posted online at so states across the country can put them to use.

“This has never been done before,” said Persily, a noted election law expert. “There are many places that offer election law courses and talk about redistricting, but no place where students get their hands dirty and learn the technology.”