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Michele Davis Jones

Political Science, University of Virginia

Beyond Redistricting: How the Voting Rights Act Has Transformed Politics in a Southern City

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Jones wrote her dissertation on how the Voting Rights Act generated an enormous amount of scholarship, while considering the empirical consequences of the act by looking at its impact on the descriptive and substantive representation of minorities. Jones stated that it is unclear if minorities actually benefited from the increased number of minority representatives, while additionally continuing the effort to assess the question of descriptive versus substantive representation. Her dissertation looked at the politics of a Southern city before and after it was forced to adopt majority-minority districts.

Fellowship year: 2003

Mentor: Clarence Stone, University of Maryland

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