Research interests: American politics, methodology-representation,
redistricting, electoral college, geography
Bio: Jonathan Cervas is a Ph.D. candidate in political science as the University of California, Irvine with an interest in elections and skills in geographic information systems.
In three recent cases where Grofman was the Special Master, Cervas prepared, under Grofman’s direction, remedial maps: for the County Commission and the School Board in San Juan County, Navajo Nation et al v. San Juan County et al. [12/21/2017]; for Virginia House of Delegates districts, Bethune-Hill et al. v. State Board of Elections [02/14/2019]; and for Sumter County, Georgia school board districts, Wright v. Sumter County Board of Elections [2019, decision pending].
Cervas's work on this essay was supported by the Peltason Chair at UCI and the UCI School of Social Sciences, with supplementary funding from the Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy at UCI.
Shauna N. Gillooly
Research interests: peacebuilding, peace negotiations, transitional justice, civil conflict, political violence
Bio: Shauna Gillooly is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Shauna received her B.S. (with honors) in International Affairs & Spanish Language from Florida State University in 2016, and her M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. She was a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellow, which provided support for her fieldwork in the Pacific Coast of Colombia (Cauca, Nariño, and Valle del Cauca).
Her dissertation research is focused on the relationships between the international, national, and local levels during processes of peacebuilding and transitional justice amidst continued political violence. Her primary case study is Colombia, where she has conducted extensive fieldwork for the past four years.
Her past work has focused on social movement transitions to political parties in Latin America, as well as the impact of political violence legacies on voter behavior. Her previous work has been published in academic journals such as Politics, Groups, and Identities and has appeared in media outlets such as The Washington Post and The Conversation, and policy-focused platforms such as E-International Relations.