Rebecca Theobald is assistant research professor in the Geography and Environmental Studies Department at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She directs GeoCivics, asking geographic questions to address redistricting and emphasizing the role geospatial technology plays in drawing electoral districts. From 2008 through 2018, she served as coordinator of the Colorado Geographic Alliance, part of National Geographic’s Network of Alliances for Geographic Education, providing professional development for teachers across the state and managing a variety of grants. She is editor of the National Council for Geographic Education’s journal, “The Geography Teacher” and earned doctoral and masters’ degrees in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury College.
As Colorado’s experiment in nonpartisan, citizen-led redistricting enters the home stretch, we look back at our long history of attempting to craft a truly representative government. It’s been more complicated than you might think.