Peter K. Enns a Professor of Government and a Professor of Public Policy at Cornell University and the Robert S. Harrison Director of the Cornell Center for Social Sciences. He is Co-founder and Chief Data Scientist at Verasight. His research focuses on public opinion and political representation, mass incarceration and the legal system, and data science. He generated the most accurate 2020 U.S. presidential election forecast, correctly predicting 49/50 states more than 100 days before the election and he is PI of the NSF-funded Collaborative Midterm Survey.
Enns has published three books—Hijacking the Agenda: Economic Power and Political Influence (winner of The Gladys M. Kammerer Award, presented by the American Political Science Association to honor the best book published during the previous year in the field of U.S. national policy), Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World, and Who Gets Represented?—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. He has previously served as Faculty Director and Board Member 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, the Provost’s Committee on Social Science Organizational Structures, and the Committee to Design the Cornell School of Public Policy.
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.
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The rise of mass incarceration in the U.S. in 10 seconds (Animated version of Fig.1.1 from Incarceration Nation: https://t.co/KC5J9EeU8l) pic.twitter.com/4qnJoCDZk5
— Peter K. Enns (@pete_enns) October 19, 2017
.@jake_rothschild and I peeked behind the curtains to learn how companies outsource online survey respondents and we were blown away by what we found: https://t.co/4rZZHq0U0d.
— Peter K. Enns (@pete_enns) May 2, 2022
I recall seeing authors present it while in progress and it was obvious this would be high impact and important. pic.twitter.com/o6ajxPcPhc
— David Brady (@DaveBrady72) February 22, 2022
Executive director @pete_enns joins scholars in Uruguay to discuss the release of hundreds of Uruguay datasets through @RoperCenter https://t.co/nQH7hmPBLV
— Roper Center (@RoperCenter) December 2, 2021
What is the future of public opinion polling? Register for tomorrow’s live panel of #polling, #media, and #surveyresearch experts as they discuss what we can and should expect from #publicopinionpolls. https://t.co/6YHlSinIez @pete_enns @doug_rivers @jennagiesta @pollcat pic.twitter.com/Ucq9rSsFkX
— Roper Center (@RoperCenter) January 20, 2021
Can non-probability sampling compete with RDD and other probability polls? In the 2020 election, yes — in fact, they did better!
New research with @jake_rothschild @3Streamsblog: https://t.co/3rctXwUkVD (a short thread) pic.twitter.com/IVlfeLhMr9
— Peter K. Enns (@pete_enns) March 18, 2021
I think that @pete_enns did it this way and basically nailed it https://t.co/WM6ugSyNYc https://t.co/eyzkW9yszB
— G. Elliott Morris (@gelliottmorris) November 5, 2020
Highly recommended – and free to read from @CUP_PoliSci until July 12th – Incarceration Nation by @pete_enns is a great study of the politics of criminal justice in the USA. https://t.co/J2VpHodwQv pic.twitter.com/tLZd933GDH
— Will Jennings (@drjennings) June 13, 2020
2 books (incarceration nation by @pete_enns + fragmented democracy by @povertyscholar) written by 2 profs who deeply impacted my education/life are free to read for the next month!! just downloaded both here: https://t.co/ZLyCWODIUf https://t.co/UJA3RmMjYr
— Claire Liu (@claireliu222) June 12, 2020
A must read book on American mass incarceration. https://t.co/gfIIzjwfNo
— David Skarbek (@DavidSkarbek) June 12, 2020
Good turnout at today’s event—Peter Enns on mass incarceration. pic.twitter.com/kX70cWo5KB
— Gregg Caruso (@GreggDCaruso) March 21, 2019
Dr. Peter Enns will be giving a talk on "Criminal Justice Reform in the Trump Era" Tuesday April 2, 2019 at GSU. Dr. Enns is the Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University & author of Incarceration Nation. RSVP:https://t.co/aCTz2FTm0Y pic.twitter.com/qfkvUVxlJu
— Pol Sci @ GSU (@GSUPoliSci) April 1, 2019
I enjoyed talking about Incarceration Nation and the criminal legal system with the folks at Democracy Works: https://t.co/FrHLY3WLA2 Thanks @WPSU @McCourtneyInst
— Peter K. Enns (@pete_enns) October 8, 2018
Great thanks @pete_enns of @Cornell for Skyping into my #polipuni seminar 2 discuss your book Incarceration Nation. What a delight! 👏🏿👏🏾👏🏽👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/5sw35Gi98J
— Michael Leo Owens (@milo_phd) October 4, 2017
@pete_enns on the Incarceration Nation @SSNScholars pic.twitter.com/aItKwo7Frb
— Jana Morgan (@prof_jmorgan) March 3, 2017
1. This book by @pete_enns is probably the most important recent #CriminalJustice book: https://t.co/Z9GXtfVzsv
— John Pfaff (@JohnFPfaff) March 24, 2016
Cool. Thanks Demetrius. Poor Dominique—I was like an excited schoolboy in the interview. Lol.
Book recommendations: Yes please!
— Dan Kent, Distraction Enthusiast (@thatdankent) August 27, 2018
Anyone interested in crim justice policy has to read @pete_enns 'Incarceration Nation' – excellent, important book: https://t.co/6i1eMvcK45
— Patrick Sharkey (@patrick_sharkey) May 6, 2016
Peter K. Enns, "Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World" (Cambr… https://t.co/S0IaWHazSE
— NB Political Science (@NewBooksPoliSci) May 2, 2016
In-Depth Interview: Cornell Prof. Peter Enns Explores the Causes of Our “Incarceration Nation” https://t.co/nHGIX7bnqd
— Peter B. Collins (@pbcsf) April 19, 2016
@cornellgov prof. @pete_enns talks "Incarceration Nation" on Wednesday in Olin Library: https://t.co/fTFDg8q3IV pic.twitter.com/Tya8S22Xli
— CornellArts&Sciences (@CornellCAS) September 19, 2016
New book by @pete_enns. Seems very impt to the many sociologists studying incarceration. https://t.co/XitzMiUU9U pic.twitter.com/YQU8HGsHi4
— David Brady (@DaveBrady72) May 3, 2016
I'm already thinking about new books for the next iteration of #polipuni. (Kudos @elizabhinton and @pete_enns.) pic.twitter.com/kmjHPWKlJy
— Michael Leo Owens (@milo_phd) April 22, 2016
#Author @Pete_Enns discusses #IncarcerationNation on #ConversationsLIVE https://t.co/c8fui2bI8s pic.twitter.com/vGaTgmT0Zt
— Cyrus Webb (@CyrusWebb) April 12, 2016
.@pete_enns talks with @RichFrenchLive about his book Incarceration Nation, @CornellCAS https://t.co/5gFhrUJde3 pic.twitter.com/79NWTd56Q6
— Melissa Osgood (@MissyOsgood) April 4, 2016
New Book: Incarceration nation : how the United States became the most punitive democracy… https://t.co/DaurJkICZK pic.twitter.com/r7R25rbfCP
— QUSL Law Library (@QUSLlawref) September 15, 2016
Happy to get Incarceration Nation today, the new @CUP_PoliSci book from the great @pete_enns . #clevercover pic.twitter.com/4zhLOQpTNw
— Paul Kellstedt (@PKellstedt) March 29, 2016
Incarceration Nation. How the #US Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World https://t.co/SfcIEcrCYm pic.twitter.com/0183X7u7zv
— AFSP (@afspinfos) June 20, 2016