UC Irvine political science professor Bernard Grofman will be the inaugural Jack W. Peltason Endowed Chair, named for the former UC president and UC Irvine Chancellor. The chair was established in November with a $1 million donation. Grofman also is the new director of the Center for the Study of Democracy. A leading authority on representation, voting rights and redistricting, Grofman has served as an expert witness in key court cases around the country. His current research focuses on how the U.S. compares with other major democracies in terms of institutions, values and public policies. He plans to continue his research in this area with funds established through the Peltason Chair.