Christopher Z. Mooney

Christopher Z. Mooney

W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics

Department of Political Science

University of Illinois at Chicago

Christopher Z. Mooney is the W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics in the Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mooney served as director of IGPA from 2013 through 2017, and from 2004-2013, he was an IGPA faculty member at University of Illinois at Springfield. Mooney studies comparative U.S. state politics, with special focus on state legislatures, and he is a noted expert on term limits. Since 2010, the American Political Science Association’s State Politics and Policy section has awarded the annual Christopher Z. Mooney Prize for the best dissertation the field. In 2012, Mooney was awarded that section’s Career Achievement Award, and in 2017, he was elected to a two-year term as its president.

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)