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Eric McGhee
Research Fellow

Political participation, electoral reform

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Eric McGhee is a research fellow at PPIC, where he focuses on elections, legislative behavior, political reform, and surveys and polling. His research on elections and electoral reform has appeared in numerous academic journals, and his work has been profiled on National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and The Economist. He is the creator of the “efficiency gap”—a widely used measure of gerrymandering—and coauthor of a legal test based on the measure that has been presented before the US Supreme Court in recent high-profile litigation. He is an occasional contributor to the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog on politics. Before joining PPIC, he was assistant professor of political science at the University of Oregon and served as a congressional fellow through the American Political Science Association. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

curriculum vitae

Video: 2020 Census: Why Is the Citizenship Question Such a Big Deal?
Will California’s Red Districts Turn Blue in November?
Commentary: California’s Top-Two Primary, Explained
Partisan Gerrymandering and the Role of Social Science in the Courts
Testimony: Who Votes, Who Doesn’t, and Why
The Turnout Turnaround
The Top-Two System and Election 2016
Commentary: New Law Could Change California’s Electorate
A Turnaround for Voter Turnout?
Assessing the Top Two Primary
Voter Registration: Not Quite Automatic Yet
Commentary: California Leads in Voting Reform
Three Myths about Gerrymandering
Testimony: Four Important Questions about Voting in California
The Special Election and the Top-Two Primary
Can Preregistering Teens Boost Voter Turnout?
A Move to Raise Turnout in LA
Are Some Counties Bucking the Low-Turnout Trend?
California’s Voter Turnout Problem
The Election Was Hard on California Democrats, Too
Three Lessons About California’s Election Reforms
Improving the Vote-by-Mail System
The Vanishing Line-Item Veto
Is the Top-Two Primary to Blame for Low Turnout?
Quirks of the Top-Two Primary
Electoral Reforms Face New Test
The Power of the Primary Voter
Rebooting California’s Congressional Delegation
California’s Quietest Reform
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