Alejandro Morales, professor of Chicano/Latino studies at UC Irvine, has been selected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the California Council for the Humanities. Morales will join 20 additional board members in awarding grants and administering the organization’s programs. Morales is the author of seven biographical novels in which he tells the fictional story of a character’s life using historical events. He received the Luis Leal Award in 2007 in recognition of his contributions to Chicano/Latino literature and his accomplishments as a major American writer.