Bernard Grofman is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Jack W Peltason Endowed Chair of Democracy Studies at the University of California, Irvine, and former Director of the UCI Center for the Study of Democracy. His research deals with topics such as theories of representation (including minority voting rights and the comparative study of electoral rules and constitutional design), party competition, and behavioral social choice.
He is co-author of five books (four from Cambridge University Press. and one from Yale University Press), and co-editor of 23 other books (including three from Oxford University Press, one from Princeton University Press, two from the University of Michigan Press, and one from the Brookings Institution); with over 300 research articles and book chapters, including ten in the American Political Science Review.
A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2001, he has been a scholar-in-residence for short visits at universities and research centers in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK, and he has an honorary Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
In areas related to redistricting he has worked as a consultant or expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice and federal courts, as well as both political parties, the NAACP Legal Defense, the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, and political subunits at the state and local level. His work on redistricting has been cited in over a dozen U.S. Supreme Court cases over the course of the past four decades. In 2015, while serving as a Special Master for a three judge federal district court, he drew new court-ordered congressional districts for the State of Virginia that were used in the 2016 elections. In 2017 he won the Charles Merriam award, given biennially by the American Political Science Association, for lifetime achievement in research applications in the area of public policy.