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