Moon Duchin is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Tufts University and was one of the faculty who founded the interdisciplinary Science, Technology, and Society Program. She runs the MGGG Redistricting Lab as one of the research groups at Tisch College of Civic Life.
Duchin's areas of mathematical interest are in geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology, and dynamics. Her applied research program is in data science for civil rights, and the MGGG Redistricting Lab has become a leading group in the national efforts to better understand census, redistricting, and electoral systems.
The Lab has built the Districtr public mapping tool that will be used around the country in the redistricting cycle in 2021 by legislatures, redistricting commissions, and parallel public processes. A second major project is the GerryChain software packages that harness the mathematics of Markov chains to build thousands or millions of alternative districting plans, helping people explore the range of possibility in redistricting. Other major research and software development areas for the Lab include differential privacy in the Census, ranked choice voting, and the future of the Voting Rights Act.