Experts

Experts

Permanent

Matthew T. McClure Professor of Political Science

James Kuklinski’s primary interests include the nature and quality of citizen decision-making, the relationship between public opinion and legislative policymaking, and the use of experiments in social scientific research.

Anthony T. Lo Sasso is an economist whose research spans several dimensions of health economics and health services research. Lo Sasso is keenly interested in how government policies affect private sector decisions. Lo Sasso has studied the impact of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program on uninsurance among children and the extent to which public coverage “crowded out” private coverage. In addition, he has examined how community rating provisions affected individual health insurance coverage and uninsurance.

Associate Professor

Darren Lubotsky’s research falls within two broad areas: the American labor market and the health and cognitive development of children. Some of his recent projects study the impact of rising health insurance premiums on public-sector compensation, the impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on employment, and the economic status of immigrants in the United States.

Expertise: Economic Policy

David F. Merriman's major area of study is state and local public finance. Merriman directs The Fiscal Futures Project, which created and maintains of a comprehensive and consistently defined measure of the Illinois state budget.  He has published extensively about the effect of tax increment finance policy on local economic growth and the determinants of tobacco tax avoidance. He has also studied Walmart’s impact on urban economic development. His most recent research concerns state and local business taxation.

W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics

Christopher Z. Mooney is the W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He served as director of IGPA from 2013 through mid-2017. He studies comparative U.S. state politics, with special focus on state legislatures and is a noted experts on term limits legislation. In September 2017, he was elected to a two-year term as president of the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association.

Associate Professor

Elizabeth T. Powers has conducted research on the incentive effects of public insurance programs, the effects of child health on maternal labor supply, employment effects of the minimum wage, and the caregiver labor market. Ongoing research projects are in the areas of children’s cognitive development, U.S.-Mexican migration, child support policy, work disability and the Disability Insurance program, and long-term care facilities.

Professor Emeritus

Kent Redfield is professor emeritus of political science at Springfield and is one of the state's best-known experts in the areas of politics and campaign finance. His research has been focused in the areas of legislative behavior, legislative campaigns and campaign financing. He led the Sunshine Project, which focused on documenting the role of money in politics and resulted in an online database that continues to be maintained by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

Assistant Professor

Julian Reif is an assistant professor in the Department of Finance at the College of Business in Urbana-Champaign and has been part of the IGPA faculty since 2012. He researches health care economics and spends time on environmental policy and the effect of taxation on environmental and climate policy. He is co-leader of IGPA's Climate Change policy initiative, and also holds a position as a research economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Emeritus and Vice President Emeritus

Expertise: Economic Policy

Robert Resek is professor emeritus of economics at Urbana-Champaign. He served as the University’s vice president for academic affairs, the university’s chief academic officer, from 1988-1995. His research has foced on technical progress, investment behavior, risk analysis and regional economics. Resek is a past president of the Association of University Business and Economic Research.

Visiting

Associate Professor

Expertise: Economic Policy

Kathy Baylis is an associate professor in the department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois. She joined the department after several years as an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia where she remains an adjunct faculty. She earned her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003, where she specialized in international agricultural policy and trade. Her current research evaluates agriculture, food and conservation policy in developing countries and the United States.