Director; Group Chair: Working Group on Substance Use Disorders
Robin Fretwell Wilson was appointed director of IGPA in February 2020 after seven years in the College of Law where she is the Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Chair in Law and served as associate dean for public engagement. Robin also is the leader of the Working Group on Substance Use Disorders. Her research interests include biomedical ethics, law and religion, children and violence and law and science. Director Wilson is a recipient of the 2020 Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award for Advocacy for LGBTQ Affairs, a university-wide honor given by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Gutgsell Professor of Finance
Don Fullerton is a member of the Fiscal Health of Illinois working group. He researches energy and environmental policy issues, including household garbage and recycling behavior, air and water quality regulation, and climate change policy. He studies the economic effects of these regulations including their cost effectiveness, the distribution of their burdens, and the interactions between environmental policy and other tax policy.
Expertise: Politics & Government
Brian Gaines' research deals with all aspects of elections, electoral rules, and public opinion. Some of his recent work has dealt with campaign-finance fraud, pros and cons of convenience voting, inference from survey experiments, and assessing bias in electoral maps, and has appeared in such outlets as the American Statistician, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.
Rachel Gordon chairs IGPA’s Working Group on Education and Learning. Her research broadly aims to measure and model the contexts of children and families’ lives, often using longitudinal data sets. She has examined numerous contextual and social factors that affect children and families. Some of her work examines the use of child care and preschool quality measures for high-stakes policy purposes, the health outcomes of child care and maternal employment, and the implications of teenagers’ looks for their social and academic achievement.
Professor, Department of Sociology
Expertise: Race and Inequality
Maria Krysan is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Chicago and is an expert on survey methods, focusing her research on racial residential segregation and attitudes toward race. She has compiled results of several national surveys that track Americans' attitudes toward race from as early as the 1940s into IGPA's Tracking Trends in Racial Attitudes website.
James J. Stukel Presidential Professor
David F. Merriman is the leader of IGPA's Fiscal Health of Illinois Working Group and is the James J. Stukel Presidential Professor of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His major area of study is state and local public finance. Professor 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.
W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics
Expertise: Politics & Government
Christopher Z. Mooney is IGPA's W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics and is appointed to the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 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 expert 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.
Elizabeth T. Powers is a member of the IGPA working group on Education and Learning. She 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.
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.
IGPA Working Group Member
Amanda Kass is the associate director of the Government Finance Research Center in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago and is a member of the IGPA Fiscal Health of Illinois Working Group. As associate director she designs, conducts, and manages research in the GFRC's priority areas. Amanda also works with the faculty and external advisory panels to advance the GFRC’s goals and disseminate its research.