Jennifer Thelusma

Mentor: Dr. Paul Ortiz
College of History
"Following my involvement in the 2012 Presidential Campaign, I saw the importance of restrictions on voting in Florida firsthand. This encouraged me to become involved in understanding why those changes were being made and how I can stem the flow of the gradual but direct assault on our voting rights as a constituency."


Political Science and History



Research Interests

  • Voting Rights
  • Civil Rights

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program (2014)
  • Keri Heiken Scholarship (2012)
  • Hallandale-Aventura Rotary Club Scholar (2012-current)
  • CLAS Dean's List Spring 2014


  • University of Florida College Democrats
  • Samuel Proctor Oral History Program


  • Westwood Middle School ESL/ESOL Program
  • Charlie Crist Gubernatorial Campaign
  • Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

Research Description

Does Our Vote Still Matter: The State of Voting Rights in America
Taking a look at the applications of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Florida, examining changes in voting patterns with changes to laws regarding voting overtime, especially within the last few years, and attempting to predict how this affects the sentiment of minorities about whether or not they feel their vote still matters and how this sentiment will affect minority and youth voter turnout in the future.