James LaBelle is a PhD candidate in political science at Columbia University. He studies gerrymandering and redistricting reforms in the United States from the perspective of democratic theory. His dissertation investigates the paradoxical problems and promise of empowering democratic majorities of today to make the rules and boundaries that affect future outcomes, and the questions of institutional design that might mitigate those problems.
Prior to Columbia, Mr. LaBelle worked as a research analyst for San Francisco law firm Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai. He holds a BA in Economics from Reed College.