Research interests: American politics, methodology-representation,
redistricting, electoral college, geography
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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
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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.