The Impact of gerrymandering on the Election Process will be the topic presented by Dr. Russell Arben Fox when the Informed Women of Harvey County meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church.

Gerrymandering, in U.S. politics, refers to drawing the boundaries of electoral districts in a way that gives one party an advantage over its rivals.

The origin of the word “gerrymander” was a combination of “salamander” and the last name of Elbridge Gerry, who as governor of Massachusetts in 1812 signed into law a redistricting plan designed to benefit his political party.

The presentation is not limited to Informed Women. The general public is encouraged to attend. Trinity Heights United Methodist Church is located at 1200 Boyd, across 12th Street from Newton High School.

Dr. Fox is Professor of Political Science and Director of the History and Political Science Center at Friends University.

Fox has an M.A. in International and Area Studies from the David M. Kennedy Center at Brigham Young University, and his Ph.D. in Political Theory and World Politics from Catholic University of America. He is interviewed frequently on TV and in newspapers regarding political issues. Classes taught by Fox include Advanced Topics in Political Science including “Red and Blue America,” “The Politics of Food,” “Food, Farming, and Freedom,” and “City, Community, and Equality”, American Government, American Parties and Politics, Christianity and Social Justice, Comparative Politics, Constitutional History and Politics, Culture and History of East Asia, Diplomatic History and Foreign Policy, Foundations of the American Character, Friends Experience, History of Kansas, Honors Seminar, Honors Senior Project, International Relations and Organizations, Introduction to Honors, Issues in American Politics, Model U.N., Political Ideas and Ideologies, Simplicity and Sustainability, Topics in Political Theory including “International Law and Human Rights,” “Capitalism, Socialism, and Localism,” “Ancient and Medieval Political Thought,” and “Gender and Equality.”