Exploring Spousal Disenfranchisement

Understanding Family Experiences

Our Partnership

Professor Laurel Eckhouse worked in collaboration with academic partners, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to study spousal disenfranchisement (one's spouse becoming legally unable to vote because of a felony conviction). We believe the research and ingenuity achieved by collaborating with partners like MIT is needed to influence policy and develop near- and long-term solutions.

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DU’s current research efforts have been featured in news outlets like The New York Times. They include…

  • exploring the effects of felony disenfranchisement.
  • employing lasers as the medium for quantum science.
  • using theatre to heal and rehabilitate inmates.

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About the Project

The research team's goal was to develop a full understanding of spousal disenfranchisement, with a particular eye toward characterizing how it affects individual voting preferences.

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Laurel Eckhouse

An assistant professor of political science, Laurel Eckhouse's work focuses on the politics of criminal justice, racial and ethnic politics, political methodology and public law in the United States.