Professor Paru Shah discusses why electing people of color is hindered by segregated districts, voter bias, and election rules and timing. Drawing on her experience as an elected school board member, Shah explains the hurdles for minority candidates.
- Read her journal article or her two-page brief, To Understand Elective Officeholding by Minorities, Look at Who Runs for Elections, Not Just Who Wins.
- Check out Adam Bonica’s research on lawyers in elected office and a Vox article citing his work.
- See Zoltan Hajnal’s two-page brief, To Avert the Next Ferguson, Reschedule Elections to Make Local Politics More Representative.