JONATHAN
CERVAS

I study representation politics elections redistricting electoral reform gerrymandering election integrity institutions

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Jonathan joined the Institute for Politics and Strategy in 2020 after receiving his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. His Bachelor’s degree (also in political science) is from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His dissertation is a historical, quantitative look at the Electoral College and its consequences.

Jonathan is a specialist in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In 2021, Jonathan served as the redistricting consultant for the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission. He was appointed to that position by a vote of the commission. The final plan received a bi-partisan vote and was upheld unanimously by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. You can see these plans here. He has also served as the assistant to a federal court Special Master in drawing remedial maps in three redistricting cases involving minority rights. The first of these was Navajo Nation et al v. San Juan County,Utah in 2017; followed in 2018-19 by Bethune-Hill et al v. State Board of Election,which involved the redrawing of one quarter of the districts in Virginia's legislative districts in the House Of Delegates; and in 2019-20, he worked on Wright v. Sumter County Board of Elections, a case involving school districts in a small Georgia County where former President Jimmy Carter makes his home. He has published several articles on both the elections and gerrymandering, and is a Research Associate at the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. In July 2021, he was appointed 'map consultant' for the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission.

Redistricting Case Involvement
PA 2018 Redistrict

Pennsylvania LRC

I served as the redistricting consultant for the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission. The LRC developed state Senate and House of Represenative lines for the 2020 decade. Those maps were approved via a bipartisan vote, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously affirmed their constitutionality.

2022 NY Special Master

New York State

I was appointed Special Master tasked with drawing the 2022-2030 NY Congressional and State Senate Maps.
View my report here
View Congressional Map here

2020 Apportionment
2022 Senate Election Map

Journal Articles

    Working Papers

      Other Publications

      • Wang, Samuel, and Jonathan Cervas. 2021. The GOP scared Latinos from the census. Now that may cost the party red seats. May 1, 2021. The Washington Post. Full Text

      • Grofman, Bernard, and Jonathan Cervas. 2018. Pennsylvania has to draw new congressional districts, but getting rid of gerrymandering will be harder than you think. February 9, 2018. The Washington Post. Full Text
      CONTACT JONATHAN
      Email: cervas@cmu.edu
      Address: 5000 Forbes Ave.
      Pittsburgh, PA 15213
      Office: 387D Posner Hall