Gerrymandering, in which lawmakers carve states up into oddly shaped electoral districts that favor one political party over another, has ignited debates and been the subject of lawsuits in a number of states, including Wisconsin. Here are some experts who can help explain gerrymandering, why it’s controversial and recent events, including the U.S. Supreme Court decision to send the issue back to lower courts.

Sara Benesh, associate professor of political science
Benesh’s research and teaching focus on judicial decision making and the judiciary, including the Supreme Court. Benesh codes Supreme Court cases as a member of the contributors team for Washington University Law’s Supreme Court Database. She is available for television, radio and print interviews about the nomination process for Supreme Court justices, public views of the court’s historical and political significance, and its recent rulings on voting rights and gerrymandering and redistricting.

Kathleen Dolan, distinguished professor and chair of the political science department
Dolan teaches and researches on women in politics, electoral and legislative politics and political participation. Listen to a recent interview on the Wisconsin governor’s race.