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Democracy Researcher - Redistricting

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them – in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion. 

Position: The Brennan Center is seeking a full-time Researcher to conduct quantitative and qualitative research relating to redistricting. The Researcher will support a major initiative focused on redistricting ahead of the 2020 Census and the subsequent nationwide redrawing of congressional and legislative districts. This opportunity comes at a unique and important juncture in the redistricting field, after a decade with the most gerrymandered maps in history, and the recent development of new tools to fight both partisan and racial gerrymandering. This year and over the next few years, the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts are set to consider a number of critical cases that will define the legal landscape in this area for years to come. The cutting-edge issues these cases will address include the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering, the future application of the Voting Rights Act to redistricting cases, and the types of remedies available to address mapdrawing abuses. At the same time, robust and exciting efforts to reform the redistricting process ahead of the next round of mapdrawing are underway around the country. The Researcher will report directly to the senior attorney in charge of the Center’s redistricting project.


  • Original research – including empirical and quantitative research on the impact of redistricting, redistricting reforms, and gerrymandering. Collection and analysis of public data, and interviews of public officials and private individuals. Supervision of research. 
  • Policy and data analysis. 
  • Drafting and editing publications, policy reports, articles, resource and case pages, newsletters, op-eds, blog posts, and other public communications. 
  • Assistance with legal briefs, legal research, and cite checking. 
  • Working with attorneys, fellows, communications and development professionals, editors, allies, clients, and organizational leadership. 
  • Public presentations of research findings and data. 


  • A bachelor’s degree. Additional relevant degrees a plus. 
  • Thorough and meticulous research and interview skills. 
  • Strong and proven quantitative skills. 
  • Excellent writing skills, including ability to write for audiences ranging from courts to the general public. 
  • The ability to work effectively in a team-based and deadline-driven environment. 
  • Openness to receiving and implementing constructive feedback. 
  • Creativity in ferreting out information. 
  • Ease working with data and statistics. 
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines. 
  • Sincere interest in democracy advocacy and reform. 
  • A self-starter. 
  • Ability and confidence to work with a diverse group of allies, public officials, reporters, and members of the public.

Salary: The salary is highly competitive in the field and commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package is available as well. 

Applications: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please visit and upload the following application materials: cover letter (copy and paste), resume, two writing samples (up to 10 pages each), and contact information for three references. No phone calls or faxes. Please reference where you saw this posting. 

If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: with “Redistricting Researcher” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. Applying through our website is strongly preferred.

The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center: 

  • Hires staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic identity;
  • Considers and hires applicants who have been previously incarcerated; 
  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged; 
  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and 
  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.
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