Peter K. Enns is Professor in the Department of Government, Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, and Innaugural Co-Director of the Cornell Center for Social Sciences. He is also co-founder of Reality Check Insights. His research focuses on public opinion and political representation, mass incarceration and the legal system, and data analytics.
Enns has published two books—Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World and Who Gets Represented? (edited with Chris Wlezien)—and dozens of academic articles and op-eds. His research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, FWD.us, Koch Foundation, National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Russell Sage Foundation. In 2017, he received the 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.
Enns is currently on the Advisory Boards of the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect and Cornell's Prison Education Program, and the Committee to Design the Cornell School of Public Policy. He has previously served as Faculty Director of Cornell's Prison Education Program, team leader of the Institute for Social Science theme project on the Causes, Consequences, and Future of Mass Incarceration in the United States, on the Provost's Data Science Task Force, and the Provost’s Committee on Social Science Organizational Structures.
He 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.