Michael Latner

Professor of Political Science

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


My research explores the sources and consequences of bias in electoral representation, voting rights discrimination, election law, and the link between electoral system design and public policy. I'm professor of political science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and currently serve as senior fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Center for Science and Democracy, where I work at the intersection of voting rights and environmental justice. I am also a faculty scholar at Cal Poly's Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy.


  • Voting Rights
  • Electoral System Design
  • Representation


  • PhD in Political Science, 2008

    University of California, Irvine

  • Masters in Political Science, 2003

    University of California, Irvine

  • BA in Political Science, 1995

    California State University, Chico

  • AA, 1993

    Butte Community College

Recent Posts

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Your city may be changing how elections work

San Luis Obispo County is experiencing a flurry of legal challenges to the way cities operate elections. Faced with accusations that …



Voting in the Year of COVID-19

The pandemic has struck an electoral system already plagued by entrenched inequities that make it more difficult for members of Black, …

Voting Rights, Environmental Justice

Voting is at the heart of people power in a functioning democracy. It’s how we choose between competing policy agendas and priorities, …

Recent Publications

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Diagnosing Electoral Integrity

In the first section, the concept of electoral integrity is treated as a component of liberal democracy, as this conceptualization …

Darwinian Democracy? How evolutionary theory informs constitutional design

The study of biology and politics (or biopolitics) has gained considerable currency in recent years, as articles on the subject have …

Gerrymandering in America--The House of Representatives, The Supreme Court and the Future of Popular Sovereignty,

This book considers the political and constitutional consequences of Vieth v. Jubelirer (2004), where the Supreme Court held that …

A Discernable and Manageable Standard for Partisan Gerrymandering

The case of Veith v. Jubelirer (2004), challenges us to find a standard for partisan gerrymandering that is judicially discernable and …