“The Milwaukee metropolitan area is the most polarized part of a very polarized state in a very polarized nation. ” The words of veteran political reporter Craig Gilbert, who will spend the next six months as the Law School’s Lubar Fellow for Public Policy Research. His project will explore not only how the area came to be this way, but what our stark political divisions mean for the political process and public policy in the region. Dubbed the “the most political science-friendly reporter in America” by the Columbia Journalism Review, Gilbert will be working closely with Prof. Charles Franklin, who joined the Law School in August. Franklin is a nationally recognized government scholar, and director of the Marquette Law School Poll. Together, the two will discuss recent voting trends, polling data, and the implications of our great divide.