U of I institute provides research, analysis to improve public policy
URBANA – Christopher Z. Mooney, a veteran faculty member at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been appointed director of the U of I Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University Vice President for Academic Affairs Christophe Pierre announced Monday.
His appointment will be effective Aug. 16, subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees at its September meeting.
Mooney, a faculty member at UIS since 1999 and a member of the IGPA faculty since 2004, will be the sixth director of the institute, succeeding J. Fred Giertz, who has served as director on an interim basis since August 2012.
“I am honored to lead an organization with such a history and so much intellectual talent,” Mooney said. “A central part of the University of Illinois' mission is to provide service to state government, and IGPA is key to contributing to that mission. We will continue to help bring the resources of the university to bear on the public problems of the state.”
The institute is a public policy research organization based in all three cities served by University of Illinois campuses – Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign. IGPA's mission is to improve public policy and government performance by producing and distributing cutting-edge research and analysis, engaging the public in dialogue and education, and providing practical assistance in decision making to government and policymakers.
Mooney is the author or co-author of five books, including a leading college textbook entitled “State and Local Politics: Institutions and Reform,” and more than two dozen referenced articles and book chapters. He was the founding editor of the journal “State Politics and Policy Quarterly,” and the American Political Science Association has named in his honor its annual award for best dissertation in the field of American state politics and policy.
In 2010, he was invested as The Honorable W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics at IGPA and UIS. He is a past director of the Institute for Legislative Studies at UIS and previously held faculty positions at West Virginia University and the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. He also has been a policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Development.
Mooney received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has master’s degrees in public administration and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received his doctorate in political science from Wisconsin in 1990.
The University of Illinois is a world leader in research and discovery, the largest educational institution in the state with more than 77,000 students, 24,000 faculty and staff, and campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. The U of I awards more than 20,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees annually.