Peter K. Enns is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University. He is on the Provost's Data Science Task Force, he is team leader of the Institute for Social Science theme project on the Causes, Consequences, and Future of Mass Incarceration in the United States, and he was a former Faculty Director of Cornell's Prison Education Program.
Peter received the 2017 Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association, presented to the top scholar in the field within ten years of her or his doctorate. His research focuses on public opinion, representation, mass incarceration, and inequality. Peter also teaches courses on quantitative research methods. His recent book, Incarceration Nation, (Cambridge University Press) explains why the public became more punitive in the 1960s, 70s, 80, and 90s, and how this increasing punitiveness led to the rise of mass incarceration in the United States.
Peter received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his undergraduate degree from Colorado College. Prior to graduate school, he taught high school in Baltimore, MD, through Teach For America. He grew up in Canton, NY and Kingsburg, CA.