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Dr. Megan Gall

Senior Researcher

Megan is a trained quantitative political geographer who serves as a Senior Researcher at LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute.

Megan earned a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Buffalo in 2013, an M.S. in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from the University of Denver, and a B.S. in Sociology from Shepherd College in West Virginia. She was certified by the GIS Certification Institute as a GIS professional (GISP) in 2014. While in school, Megan received the Outstanding Woman Geoscience Student Award from the Association for Women Geoscientists.

Before joining LDF and the Thurgood Marshall Institute, Megan worked with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law as the in-house Social Scientist. Primarily, she managed the data collection and quantitative analyses for the Voting Rights Project, including VRA Section 2 litigation requirements for redistricting and racially polarized voting. In her tenure, she investigated over forty jurisdictions for voting rights violations resulting in twelve Section 2 cases. She also teaches, trains, and lectures on the quantitative requirements and considerations in voting rights litigation and redistricting. You can read more about her voting rights work at Wired.

Megan has extensive experience conducting research around criminal justice, fair housing, and economic justice. While at the Lawyers’ Committee, she worked on demonstrating disparate impact in criminal justice and fair housing policies. Megan also wrote two master’s theses on “Broken Windows” policing with one thesis focused on a local scale and one focused on the national scale.

Megan also values volunteer service. She served as a GeoMentor at the Maret School in D.C. during the 2016-17 school year. She recently completed terms as a board member at the William Penn House and as co-treasurer for a small non-profit in West Virginia focused on family farming. In the past, she volunteered GIS services to the American Red Cross and several organizations serving homeless populations in Denver, CO.