Understanding U.S. Political Geography

American politics has become increasingly charged and seemingly more polarized over the past few national election cycles. Elections seem more high-stakes than ever, and we see heightened scrutiny of campaign strategies, voter turnout levels, and voting districts. This seminar will explore these and related issues with the goal of equipping teachers with the resources and understanding necessary to introduce students to American political geography. Topics will include American political culture regions, U.S. voting patterns at the national level, and the complex issue of redistricting. While most students will be interested in these domestic issues, as time permits we will also examine the United States' situation in global political geography, especially our role in various intergovernmental organizations and international conflicts.