Christopher Z. Mooney

Christopher Z. Mooney

W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics

Department of Political Science

University of Illinois at Springfield

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 Organize Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). From 2001 to 2007, Mooney was the founding editor of the top academic journal in his field, State Politics and Policy Quarterly. In honor of his scholarly contributions to the study of state politics, in 2010, the Section endowed the Christopher Z. Mooney Award, bestowed annually for the best PhD dissertation in the field. In 2012, that section of the APSA presented Mooney with its Career Achievement Award.

The main focus of Mooney’s research involves the study of state politics and policy in the United States. In particular, Mooney’s work deals with state legislatures,, lawmaking, and morality policymaking. He is currently working on a long-term project exploring how state legislators think about cause and effect in public policy. He also is the co-author of one of the leading undergraduate textbooks in his field, State and Local Politics: Institutions and Reform, published by Wadsworth/Cengage.

Former Experience

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.

Professional Appointments

President, State Politics and Policy Section, American Political Science Association, 2017-
Editorial board, State Politics and Policy Quarterly


MPA, MA, PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison (1985, 1987, 1990)

BA: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1982)

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