June 19, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court announced today (June 19) that it will hear a gerrymandering case out of Wisconsin, which could affect how district lines are set nationwide.
Challengers in the Wisconsin case say the district lines were drawn unconstitutionally to benefit Republicans. The Supreme Court has said previously it is illegal to draw district lines to substantially benefit one political party over another, but such vague language has left room for debate on how much one party must benefit before its actions are ruled illegal.
Seth McKee is an associate professor in the Texas Tech University Department of Political Science who specializes in political parties and redistricting. He can speak about the potential impact of a possible Supreme Court ruling on redistricting rules nationwide.
The Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1925 as one of the university’s four original colleges.
Comprised of 15 departments, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.
With just under 11,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest
college on the Texas Tech University campus.
In fall 2016, the college embarked upon its first capital campaign, Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign for Arts & Sciences. It focuses on five critical areas of need: attracting and retaining top faculty, enhancing infrastructure, recruiting high-potential students, undergraduate research and growing the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.
The department offers graduate study in American politics, public administration, comparative politics, international relations and political theory.Twitter
The mission of the ESRL is to provide survey research services to the university community and to public sector agencies and organizations. Along with the Center for Public Service, ESRL serves as a support resource for students, faculty and administrators involved in survey and social science instruction and research.
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