Source: Joseph Aistrup, 785-532-6900, jaistrup@k-state.edu
http://www.k-state.edu/media/mediaguide/bios/aistrupbio.html
News release prepared by: Tyler Sharp, 785-532-2535, tmsharp@k-state.edu

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

News tip: Kansas politics expert can comment on legislative redistricting

MANHATTAN -- Redistricting has begun in Kansas with the opening of the state's 2012 legislative session. The decennial process has often proven contentious, and it resulted in the longest legislative session in Kansas history in 2002. A variety of outcomes could come from the latest efforts at redistricting, especially with significant population adjustments statewide.

A Kansas State University professor of political science with expertise in Kansas politics can answer questions about the redistricting process and how the state's congressional and legislative districts are likely to be affected.

Joseph Aistrup is frequently cited by media sources for his expertise in Kansas politics. He is one of five editorial writers for "Insight Kansas," a syndicate that analyzes Kansas politics and government. In 2010, Aistrup and colleague H. Edward Flentje published "Kansas Politics and Government: The Clash of Political Cultures" by the University of Nebraska Press. His work has been published in a number of political science journals, including Social Science Quarterly, American Review of Politics and Kansas Government Journal. Aistrup is currently working on two research projects centered on Kansas, including a National Science Foundation study assessing issues of sustainability and the long-term viability of the Ogallala Aquifer in western Kansas. He also is part of a National Science Foundation-EPSCOR team from K-State and the University of Kansas researching land use and land cover changes in Kansas due to climate change and the development of the biofuels industry.

Aistrup can be reached at 785-532-6900 or jaistrup@k-state.edu.