Politics & Government

Politics & Government


Brian Gaines's 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.

Matthew T. McClure Professor of Political Science

James Kuklinski’s primary interests include the nature and quality of citizen decision-making, the relationship between public opinion and legislative policymaking, and the use of experiments in social scientific research.

W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics

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 experts 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.

In the News

February 14, 2019

Campaign finance expert Kent Redfield comments on big donation in Chicago mayor's race
Chicago Tribune

February 2, 2019

Politics expert Brian Gaines comments on the power of Speaker Madigan
Chicago Sun-Times

January 28, 2019

IGPA Byline: Chris Mooney - 3 lessons from the election for the 101st GA
Crain's Chicago Business