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Triple Play: Election 2018, Census 2020 and Redistricting 2021

Given the importance of the 2018 election, the 2020 census and 2021 redistricting on future national and state public policy, the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston is convening a symposium to explore the 2018 election results and their likely impact on the direction of American politics. Topics include the implications of the midterm results on the census process as it ramps up for the 2020 count and what this means for the remapping of America in 2021. Featuring leading academics and journalists, the symposium will be held at the University of Houston-Downtown on Friday, December 7, from 9AM-4PM.

The symposium is free and open to the public, however registration is required.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 


Counting Americans in 2020: The Challenges of the 24th Decennial Census and the Consequences for American Politics

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  • Thomas Brunell, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Texas-Dallas
  • Francisco Pedraza, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science, University of California, Riverside
  • Richard Murray, Bob Lanier Chair in Urban Public Policy, Department of Political Science, University of Houston

Keynote Luncheon Address

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William H. Frey, Research Professor, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan; Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Dr. Frey specializes in US demographics, American political demographics and the US Census. His latest book is Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America.

The First Midterm Election in the Trump Era:  What Do the Results Tell Us about the Future of American Politics?

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  • Matt A. Barreto, Co-founder of Latino Decisions and Professor, Department of Political Science, UCLA
  • Susan J. Carroll, Professor, Department of Political Science, and Senior Scholar, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers
  • Daron Shaw, Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin
  • Frank Bruni, Op-Ed columnist, New York Times
  • Bob Erikson, Professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

The Impact of the 2018 Midterm Elections on the 2021 Redistricting Process:  Reports from the States  

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  • Susan MacManus, Distinguished Professor Emerita, School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, University of South Florida
  • Mark Jones, Fellow in Political Science, Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Professor, Department of Political Science, Rice University
  • Jonathan Cervas, Research Assistant, School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine
  • David Daley, Author of “‘Ratf**ked’ the True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy”, Digital Media Fellow, Wilson Center for the Humanities and the Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia, and Senior Fellow, FairVote


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When: December 7, 2018, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Check-in: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Where: University of Houston-Downtown 
Parking: UHD Visitor Garage and metered parking on Girard Street 


Event Contacts
Emily Janowski

Isaiah Warner


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