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 also Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research 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 three books—Hijacking the Agenda: Economic Power and Political Influence, 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 and Cornell’s Prison Education Program. 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, 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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— Peter K. Enns (@pete_enns) October 19, 2017
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!
— Peter K. Enns (@pete_enns) March 18, 2021
— 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
— Peter K. Enns (@pete_enns) October 8, 2018
— Michael Leo Owens (@milo_phd) October 4, 2017
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— 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
— 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
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