Kenneth W. Moffett
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Moffett studies American politics and public policy. In one vein of his research, he discovers that the operation of American political institutions has a variety of implications with respect to the public policymaking process. In addition, he examines the effects that online activities, like friending and liking candidates, have on civic activity away from the internet. Finally, his research has found that climate change results in higher levels of crime.
Investigates how college students’ online activities, when politically oriented, can affect their political participatory patterns offline.
Argues that the House is more likely to consider bills by suspension to provide side payments to three types of bill sponsors from the majority party: ideologically distant members of this group; members whose preferences are located within the first 30% of the space in the majority party blockout zone; and members whose preferences are located on the minority party side of the chamber median.
Estimates the predicted impact of climate change on levels of violence in a sample of 57 countries. Suggests that climate change may acutely increase violence in areas that already are affected by higher levels of homicides and other social dislocations.
Examines the predictability of outcomes within the Court and whether justices consider the potential actions of other political institutions. Assesses whether these factors help to explain the variation in docket size over time.
Argues that online activities serve as a meaningful form of civic engagement by broadening who participates and encouraging other forms of participation.
Assesses whether congressional committees react to presidential signing statements with increased oversight.
Investigates why a legislator would be willing to vote “yea” on final passage of a bill but would choose not to cosponsor that bill.
Moffett has been interviewed and has given numerous quotes to the media, including the Alton Telegraph, Belleville News-Democrat, Collinsville Herald, Illinois Business Journal, Madison County Journal, National Journal, St. Louis Beacon, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Alestle, KMOV Television, KMOX Radio, KSDK Television, KTRS Radio, KTVI Television, KMWU Radio, WESL Radio and WSIE Radio. He has also written essays that have appeared in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog and the Edwardsville Intelligencer.