Grofman, Bernard (N.) 1944-
GROFMAN, Bernard (N.) 1944-
PERSONAL: Born December 2, 1944, in Houston, TX; son of Dave and Fannie (Pachter) Grofman; married Sue Anderson, November 10, 2003. Education: University of Chicago, B.S. (mathematics), 1966, M.A. (political science), 1968, Ph.D. (political science), 1972. Hobbies and other interests: Travel, collecting international folk art, collecting chess sets.
CAREER: Educator and author. University of California, Irvine, professor of political science, 1980—.
MEMBER: American Political Science Association, Public Choice Society, Law and Society Association, American Institute of Parliamentarians, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (fellow).
AWARDS, HONORS: Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in Behavior Sciences, Stanford, 1986.
(With Jim Adams and Samuel Merrill III) A UnifiedTheory of Party Competition: A Cross-national Analysis Integrating Spatial and Behavioral Factors, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 2004.
(With Arend Lijphart, Robert McKay, and Howard Scarrow) Representation and Redistricting Efforts, Lexington Books (Lexington, MA), 1982.
(With Arend Lijphart) Choosing an Electoral System, Praeger (New York, NY), 1984.
(With Arend Lijphart) Electoral Laws and Their Political Consequences, Agathon Press (New York, NY), 1986.
(With Guillermo Owen) Information Pooling andGroup Decision Making, JAI Press (Greenwich, CT), 1986.
(With Donald Wittman) The Federalist Papers and theNew Institutionalism, Agathon Press (New York, NY), 1989.
Political Gerrymandering and the Courts, Agathon Press (New York, NY), 1990.
(With Chandler Davidson) Controversies in MinorityVoting: The Voting Rights Act in Perspective, Brookings Institute (Washington, DC), 1992.
Legislative Term Limits: Public Choice Perspectives, Kluwer (Boston, MA), 1996.
Race and Redistricting in the 1990s, Agathon Press (New York, NY), 1998.
(With Sung-Chull Lee, Edwin Winckler, and Brian Woodall) Elections in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan under the Single Nontransferable Vote: The
Legacies of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, University Press of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), 2000.
(With Shaun Bowler) Elections in Australia, Ireland, and Malta under the Single Transferable Vote, University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor, MI), 2000.
Political Science As Puzzle Solving, University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor, MI), 2001.
(With Arend Lijphart) Redesign of Electoral Laws andParty Systems: A Comparative Study of Five Nordic Countries, Algora Publishing (New York, NY), 2002.
Author of more than 200 articles for scholarly journals, including American Political Science Review, Public Choice, Electoral Studies, American Journal of Political Science, Party Politics, and Journal of Politics.
WORK IN PROGRESS: The United States in Comparative Perspective, with Arend Lijphart and Matthew Shugart.
SIDELIGHTS: Bernard Grofman has written and edited several books on government and public policy. Grofman told CA, "In college and in graduate school I avoided courses where I had to write papers, preferring ones which had exams. But as I began to write professionally, it seemed to get easier the more I did it."
Quiet Revolution in the South: The Impact of the Voting Rights Act, 1965-1990 was hailed by American Political Science Review contributor Mark E. Rush as "a great contribution to voting rights scholarship. It demonstrates clearly that the forced use of majority-minority districts in the South has been the most important factor in ensuring the election of black officials." Kenneth O'Reilly, reviewing the work in the Mississippi Quarterly, found that Grofman and coeditor Chandler Davidson "have compiled a trove of fascinating and useful data that clearly demonstrates the Voting Rights Act's most important legacy—the destruction of institutional barriers to black voter registration."
In his 2000 work Legacies of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Grofman collects articles and essays that examine the importance of that landmark piece of legislation. Michael D. Cary, appraising the work for History: Review of New Books, stated that Grofman "charts a balanced and thoughtful middle ground between conservative opponents of virtually all civil rights programs and the extreme defenders of racial entitlements."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Political Science Review, September, 1993, Stephen E. Bennett, review of Controversies in Minority Voting: The Voting Rights Act in Perspective, pp. 794-795; December, 1993, Carol M. Swain, review of Minority Representation and the Quest for Voting Equality, pp. 1025-1026; March, 1996, Mark E. Rush, review of Quiet Revolution in the South: The Impact of the Voting Rights Act, 1965-1990, p. 187; December, 1999, David Lublin, review of Race and Redistricting in the 1990s, p. 975; December, 2000, Keith T. Poole, review of A Unified Theory of Voting: Directional and Proximity Spatial Models, p. 953; March, 2001, Tun-jen Cheng, review of Elections in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan under the Single Nontransferable Vote: The Comparative Study of an Embedded Institution, p. 236.
History: Review of New Books, fall, 2001, Michael D. Cary, review of Legacies of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, p. 5.
Mississippi Quarterly, spring, 1995, Kenneth O'Reilly, review of Quiet Revolution in the South, pp. 395-397.
Political Science Quarterly, fall, 1993, Katherine Tate, review of Minority Representation and the Quest for Voting Equality, pp. 579-580.
Publius, fall, 1994, Charles L. Cotrell, review of QuietRevolution in the South, pp. 131-132.
University of California, Irvine, School of Social Sciences Web site,http://www.socsci.uci.edu/ps/ (December 28, 2003), "Bernard N. Grofman."