Dr. Katy Rossiter is a respected geographer, consultant, and professor. Her expertise spans congressional redistricting, the U.S. Census, and the use of GIS mapping to gather, manage and analyze data. In states across the U.S., the two major political parties have clashed over the issue of gerrymandering, with several cases working their way through the courts. Dr. Rossiter’s recent research has explored how congressional boundaries are drawn, looking at fairness and the adherence to the criteria and rules that drive the redistricting process. Having worked as a geographer for 11 years for the U.S. Census Bureau, Dr. Rossiter also possesses insight and expertise in the gathering and use of U.S. Census data. In addition, her skills and knowledge in GIS mapping have led to her collaborating on research studies in a variety of fields, including biology and meteorology. She’s recently participated in projects exploring the phosphorus run-off in Lake Erie, the housing market in Findlay, Ohio, the non-native sport fish in a Western Ohio river, and the northern hemisphere circumpolar vortex. She’s published extensively, frequently presents at regional and national academic conferences, and often lends expert media commentary to local, regional and national news stories.