Dr. Kent Redfield
Professor of Political Science – Emeritus
Institute for Legal, Legislative & Policy Studies
Phone: (217) 971-8691
Redfield is an emeritus professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
He is affiliated with the Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS and University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs.
He received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Utah and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington (Seattle).
Prior to joining UIS in 1979 Dr. Redfield worked for four years as a member of the research/appropriations staff for the Speaker of the Illinois General Assembly. His primary assignment with the legislature was staffing the House’s local government committees. While at UIS he served for 20 years as the program coordinator for the Illinois General Assembly’s Legislative Staff Intern Program.
Dr. Redfield taught courses in Illinois politics, state politics, legislative politics, political campaigns, lobbying, and research design and methodology.
Dr. Redfield has been engaged in research on the financing of political campaigns in Illinois and political ethics since 1991. During most of that time he worked closely with the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform with support from the Joyce Foundation. As an advocate, he was involved with most of the efforts to change Illinois campaign finance and ethics laws between 1995 and 2015
As a faculty member, Dr Redfield has made over 400 presentations to private and not-for-profit associations, civic groups and public affairs, academic and student audiences on Illinois politics, money and politics, the Illinois budget, the legislative process, and lobbying. He also provides political analysis and commentary for Illinois newspapers, radio stations and television stations on a regular basis.
Dr. Redfield has authored a number of books, chapters in books, and articles on campaign finance and politics in Illinois. Most recently he wrote a chapter on Illinois elections in Illinois Politics: A Citizen’s Guide, which was published in 2010, a chapter on congressional redistricting in Illinois in The Political Battle over Congressional Redistricting, which was published in 2013 and co-authored a report on legislative redistricting in Illinois, Partisanship, Representation, and Redistricting: An Illinois Case Study, which was published in 2014 by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU-Carbondale.