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Courtney Cooperman

Courtney Cooperman

Courtney Cooperman

Political Science
“Loss of Place, Loss of Voice: How Homelessness Impedes Political Equality”

Although most people primarily think about homelessness as an economic injustice, it also invokes a core concern of political justice: the idea that all people have an equal chance to engage with the democratic process. From voter registration to public education, our political system assumes some degree of geographic permanence. But homelessness, a situation of extreme instability, does not comply with that assumption, making key institutions of citizenship inaccessible to people without housing. Courtney's thesis will explore how, in effect, lack of housing disenfranchises homeless Americans and undermines their ability to partake in democracy on an equal footing with housed citizens.