Seminar in Voting Rights

L694 is taught by L. Fuentes-Rohwer

This seminar explores the meaning and evolution of the right to vote in the American context, with particular emphasis on the role of the Supreme Court in regulating our democratic institutions. The seminar is framed over the overarching question whether the Supreme Court should play a robust role in this difficult area. In this vein, the seminar will appeal to students interested in legal history, constitutional theory, political science, Democratic theory, and constitutional law. Topics will likely include the political question doctrine; theories and models of judicial behavior; development of the one-person, one-vote doctrine; representation of minority interests in democratic bodies; the First and Second Reconstruction; the Voting Rights Act; and political and racial gerrymandering.