Dr. Matthew Hayes examines the recent wave of legislation to restrict voting access in Texas and across the nation. He explores the historical context of this legislation from the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision. Drawing upon his research on voter identification laws, Dr. Hayes considers the proliferation of voting restrictions in the last decade and how these laws affect the most marginalized members of our community, including people of color, those from low-income backgrounds, disabled voters and the elderly. Dr. Hayes argues that confidence in our elections is of paramount importance for the survival of our democracy. This session includes time for Q & A with the faculty presenter.
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About the Presenter
Matthew Hayes, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Rice University and a faculty affiliate of the Center for African and African American Studies. His primary field is American politics, with a focus on racial and ethnic politics, political psychology, and political representation. Dr. Hayes’ current research lies at the intersection between race and political representation. He studies how the inclusion of underrepresented groups in politics affects policy outcomes, symbolic representation, and citizens' evaluations of democracy. He has also investigated the effect of redistricting on legislators' responsiveness, and the role of both ethnic identity and skin tone in determining perceptions of ethnic discrimination in Latin America. Dr. Hayes’ work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Research in Personality, and The Journal of Politics. At Rice University, Dr. Hayes has taught African American Politics; Political Behavior; Political Psychology; and Race, Ethnicity, and U.S. Politics. He has also served as a faculty speaker in the Glasscock School’s elections course.
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