Samuel Wang

Professor of Neuroscience

sswang@princeton.edu

synapse.princeton.edu

election.princeton.edu

Sam Wang has been a member of the Princeton faculty since 2000. He holds a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology (1986) and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Stanford University School of Medicine (1993). A central feature of his laboratory research is the use and development of statistical tools for dealing with large, complex data sets, especially in regard to individual variation. In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to the New Jersey Governor's Council on Medical Research and Treatment of Autism.

Sam has a long-standing interest in elections. He pioneered statistical methods for analyzing U.S. presidential elections in 2004, when he developed tools for the aggregation of state polls. These tools led to the establishment of the Princeton Election Consortium. In 2012 he recognized new, systematic distortions in representation in the U.S. House. Understanding the causes of these distortions launched his interest in voting rights and led to the creation of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.

Sam Wang's laboratory research focuses on learning from birth to adulthood, at levels ranging from single synapses to the whole brain. He is particularly curious about novel roles for the cerebellum in cognition, social thought processes, and autism. He studies these brain functions using optical neural imaging and big-data approaches to analyzing behavior. Sam is also the author of two popular books about the brain: Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life (2008) and Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College (2011). Both books are available in over 20 languages.

Hannah Wheelen

Project Manager and Data Coordinator

hwheelen@princeton.edu

Hannah coordinates the collection and curation of voting precinct data with the goal of producing a complete, open-source set of all 50 states plus DC and Puerto Rico in OpenPrecincts.org and supports the development of intuitive and accessible tools for the public to use the data to do their own redistricting. She also coordinates team projects and works with Hope and Aaron to make use of this data in reports and briefs.

Before coming to Princeton, Hannah worked with the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group at their summer Voting Rights Data Institute at Tufts/MIT on redistricting and gerrymandering. Her projects included examining the compactness of districts, the spatial clustering of voters, and MCMC algorithms, as well as collecting precinct data for the state of Ohio.

Hannah holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley (2018).

Jason Rhode

National Coordinator

jrhode@princeton.edu

Jason Rhode serves as National Coordinator for the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. His principal tasks include facilitating partnerships, coordinating communications, and spreading the tools generated by PGP. His goal is to empower communities and the general public by sharing Project innovations.

Before joining PGP, Jason worked as a journalist on several platforms, most notably Salon Magazine. In 2018, he served as a Field Director for Lucy McBath's successful Congressional campaign. He was Communication Director for Emily Leslie's campaign for the Georgia House. He has also worked in the startup space.

Jason holds a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from Texas Tech, and an M.S. in information science from the University of North Texas.

Rick Ober

Legal Analyst

rober@princeton.edu

Rick analyzes existing state laws and proposed state-level reforms for their ability to prevent gerrymandering.

Rick previously worked as E.V.P. & General Counsel of United Jersey Banks/Summit Bancorp (1975-2001) and General Counsel of TerraCycle, Inc. and Isles, Inc. His long-term interest in politics is reflected in previous roles as Research Director for the New Jersey campaign staffs of Dick Zimmer for U.S. Senate and DeForest "Buster" Soaries for U.S. House of Representatives, and over 30 years as a County Committeeman, Fire Commissioner, and intern at the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Improvements in Judicial Machinery.

Rick holds a J.D. from Yale Law School (1968) and an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (1965).

Indraneel Purohit

Product Manager/Software Engineer

ipurohit@princeton.edu

Indraneel likes to work on software where it intersects with maps, music, and government. He is the product manager and software engineer for the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. He works on the Project's various web properties, including OpenPrecincts and the site you're looking at right now. Before PGP, he worked as a software engineer at SharedStreets and at AppNexus. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

Alumni, Contributors and acknowledgements

Many people have contributed to the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.

  • Brian Remlinger was the first full-time staff member of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. Brian did the first wave of analysis, co-wrote scholarly and popular articles, and played a key role in launching our current activities.
  • Rob Whitaker designed an earlier verison of our website, including the geographic test explorer.
  • Madeleine Parker bolstered our GIS capabilities.
  • Aimee Otsu helped improve the user interface of the website.
  • Sung Chang did early work on the map visualizer.
  • Tim Mack compiled and cleaned our election data.
  • John O'Neill assisted with our data collection process and drew some political maps.
  • Laura Williamson strengthened our efforts at outreach and partnership with reformers.
  • Will Adler conducted statistical analyses, maintained datasets and software tools, and worked with state-level partners.
  • Ben Williams conducted legal analyses, drafted statutes, drew maps, and maintained strategic partnerships.
  • Lafayette College designed our bug logo.
  • Steve Birnbaum
  • Baxter Demers
  • Aaron Barden
  • Hope Johnson