The Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG) is a small Boston-based team of mathematicians run by Moon Duchin of Tufts University. Our mission is to study applications of geometry and computing to U.S. redistricting. We believe that gerrymandering of all kinds is a fundamental threat to our democracy.
Our goals are:
- to pursue cutting-edge research in the applications of geometry, topology, and computing to the redistricting problem;
- to foster collaboration with researchers in statistics, supercomputing, law, political science, and other fields who are also working on this problem;
- to facilitate direct civic engagement by training scholars from a variety of quantitative backgrounds to serve as expert witnesses and consultants in redistricting cases;
- to educate the public, both through direct outreach and by helping college and high school teachers incorporate units on voting, gerrymandering, and civil rights into the mathematics curriculum;
- to build a diverse community of mathematically inclined people around the country and give them the knowledge and the tools to hold map-drawers accountable when 2020 comes around.
Each workshop will begin with a series of lectures by national experts in mathematics, political science, law, and civil rights. The lectures will be open to the public and made available online. The last two days of each workshop will be devoted to specialized trainings and redistricting hackathons.
The Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group is a project supported by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Tisch College strives to strengthen civic engagement and political learning, and is proud to support the MGGG’s work to solve some of the most pressing problems of democracy.