Faculty Member In:
Department of Political Science
Illinois State Government
Leadership & Public Service
Legislation and the Legislative Process
Politics & Political Campaigns
Christopher Z. Mooney is the director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Springfield. He studies comparative U.S. state politics, with special focus on state legislatures. From 2001 to 2007, Mooney was the founding editor of the top academic journal in his field, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and he co-authors one of the leading undergraduate textbooks on the subject. In honor of his scholarly contributions to the study of state politics, in 2010, the State Politics and Policy organized section of the American Political Science Association endowed the Christopher Z. Mooney Award, awarded annually for the best Ph.D. dissertation in the field. In 2012, that section of the APSA bestowed its Career Achievement Award on him. Mooney joined the Institute of Government and Public Affairs in 2004.
Dr. Mooney directed the Institute for Legislative Studies at UIS from 1999 to 2004. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at West Virginia University. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Essex in the UK. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.