©2018 by Jonathan R. Cervas.







  • I am a doctoral candidate at UCI

  • I study American political institutions and elections

  • My research has been published in Public Choice, Election Law Journal, and Social Science Quarterly, and featured in the Washington Post.

  • I have assisted in the drawing of remedial legislative district maps at the behest of the US Federal Court.



My name is Jonathan.  I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on a cold election day in 1984.  One might suggest that I was born to study politics.  We can conclude my mother and father missing their ability to vote during that presidential election had little impact on the outcome after Reagan's record-smashing re-election.  As a young child, my family moved to the newly bustling desert town of Las Vegas.


After completing high school at the  Advanced Technologies Academy in Las Vegas with a degree specialty in law-related fields, I continued my interest in politics at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  My first course at UNLV was taught by the now Congresswoman, Rep. Dina Titus (NV-1).  I finished my bachelors of the arts in 2007 and continued taking graduate level courses in the program until transferring to the University of California Irvine.


At the University of California Irvine, my focus on American politics has been guided by a public choice perspective. My research has focused on electoral participation, representation, and institutional rules with a special emphasis on geographic constraints and spatial aspects of politics.


My publications include research on the Electoral College and on redistricting and gerrymandering. I have served as Assistant to the Special Master twice,  preparing the Remedial maps in service to the U.S. District Court of Utah for the County Commission and School Board for San Juan County (Navajo Nation et al v. San Juan County et al [12/21/2017]) and for the US District Court of Eastern Virginia  (Bethune-Hill et al v. State Board of Election [02/14/2019]), preparing Remedial legislative districts representing 25% of the body.