State and federal courts are often asked to weigh in on the practice of manipulating the boundaries legislative districts at the local, state, and federal levels, to benefit the political party in power. With another case set to come before the U.S. Supreme Court in March, here are some University of Pennsylvania experts on the issue. 

Mary Frances Berry

Professor of American Social Thought, History, and Africana Studies

Berry is a longtime activist for civil rights, gender equality and social justice who served on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission from 1980 to 2004 and as its chair from 1993 to 2004.

Gwyneth K. Shaw | 215-898-6460 |

Jerry H. Goldfeder

Adjunct professor of Law

Goldfeder, special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in Manhattan, is a prominent election lawyer with more than 35 five years of trial and appellate experience. He teaches election law at Penn and Fordham and is the author of Goldfeder's Modern Election Law and the government and election law column in the New York Law Journal.

Steven Barnes | 215-573-5181 |

Rebecca Anderson | 215-898-9216 |

Daniel Q. Gillion

Presidential Associate Professor of Political Science

Gillion, a 2018 Carnegie Fellow, is at work on a book about the impact of the “loud minority,” including how gerrymandering plays a role in political inequality. He is the author of The Political Power of Protest: Minority Activism and Shifts in Public Policy and Governing with Words: The Political Dialogue on Race, Public Policy and Inequality in America.

Gwyneth K. Shaw | 215-898-6460 |

Marc Meredith

Associate professor of Political Science

Meredith studies the political economy of American elections, as well as election administration, election law, political campaigns and voter decision-making. He is an election analyst for the NBC News Decision Desk. 

Gwyneth K. Shaw | 215-898-6460 |

Steven Kimbrough

Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions in the Wharton School

Kimbrough’s research areas include decision support systems, logic modeling, electronic commerce, and artificial intelligence and computational rationality. He has co-authored research examining the best way to model compactness in electoral districts, based on data from Philadelphia. 

Peter Winicov | 215-746-6471 |