Department of Political Studies
Kent Redfield is a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Springfield. His research interests include state campaign finance, legislative redistricting, legislative behavior, policy analysis and municipal government and special districts. A former legislative staff member himself, Redfield joined UIS in 1979 and directed the Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program for the next 20 years. He spent a dozen years leading the Sunshine Project, which focused on documenting the role of money in politics, particularly in Illinois. The project led to creation of an online database to track political contributions that is maintained by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.
In retirement, Redfield continues to work on campaign finance and other political issues. He is the author or co-author of several books and frequently offers analysis and observation on the state's politcal atmosphere for news media across the state.