Politics & Government

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.

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.

Professor Emeritus

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.

Professor Emeritus

Kent Redfield is professor emeritus of political science at Springfield and is one of the state's best-known experts in the areas of politics and campaign finance. His research has been focused in the areas of legislative behavior, legislative campaigns and campaign financing. He led the Sunshine Project, which focused on documenting the role of money in politics and resulted in an online database that continues to be maintained by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

In the News

April 5, 2021

IGPA in the news: Senior Scholar Christopher Mooney comments on campaign contributions that triggered the lifting of the caps for the governor's race
Chicago Sun-Times

April 4, 2021

IGPA in the news: Director Robin Fretwell Wilson joins the Karen Conti Show to discuss Freedom of Religion and recent issues coming before the courts
WGN Radio