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book chapter: Atlas of the 2016 elections, "how laquan mcdonald's shooting shook up the cook county state's attorney election" by gall and patin

"On October 20, 2014, a Chicago police officer shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. At the time, McDonald’s death went relatively unpublicized. A year later, after a judge ordered the police body cam video of McDonald’s shooting to be made public, the fatality got national attention, and communities revived demonstration on a much larger scale. With racial politics and dynamics front and center in the 2016 Cook County election, how did Chicagoans decide their next State’s Attorney? Ecological inference (EI) models give us some insight. These models allow us draw conclusions about individual-level behavior using aggregate level data. We estimated the voting behavior of African-Americans, Latinos, and Whites in the 2016 State’s Attorney Democratic Primary for all of Cook County, the City of Chicago, and the Chicago Townships (or suburbs)."

- In Atlas of the 2016 Elections. (2018) Ed. Stanley D. Brunn, Gerald R. Webster, Richard L. Morrill, Fred M. Shelley, Stephen J. Lavin and J. Clark Archer. Lanham, MD. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc

April 2018

interview: ABA Journal, "data scientists help courts grapple with increasingly divisive maps" by Mark Walsh.


Interview: Wired Magazine, "What I learned at gerrymandering summer camp" by Issie Lapowsky.

Megan Gall oversees a hackathon during a week-long conference on gerrymandering at Tufts University. As the in-house social scientist at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Gall crunches the numbers that underpin the committee's voting rights cases. Photo by M. Scott Brauer for WIRED

August 8, 2017

Lecture: “Quantitative Anatomy of Section 2 Voting Rights Claim” presented at the 2017 Geometry of Redistricting: Summer School at Tufts University

July 2017

Materials for QGIS Introduction to Distance Analyses workshop at the Geometry of Redistricting Summer School, Tufts University 

June 7, 2017

Interview: Nature journal, The mathematicians who want to save democracy by Carrie Arnold. 

September 2017

Communities Against Hate: Community Resource Map for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

January 17, 2017

We are finalists in the Knight Foundation Cities Challenge! Check out the announcement and an interview about the project.


May 17, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Ways to avoid gerrymandering for Journal & Courier

Each of the neglected redistricting principles plays an important role.
— Dr. Megan Gall

February 28, 2016

Article: During this election season, black political power still not fully realized for Trice Edney Wire News

August 6, 2015

Report: A deep dive into the Texas Voter ID legal battle on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

June 18, 2007

Interview: University of Denver Magazine. DU student helps disconnect dots between crime and homeless by Kate Johnson