ISS Faculty Fellow
Judgment, Decision Making, and Social Behavior Team
Peter Enns is Assistant Professor of Government. His research focuses on public opinion, representation, and quantitative research methods. One recent project, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, examines how different education and income groups update their political attitudes. This research has appeared in the British Journal of Political Science and received the Best Paper Award on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Other recent projects include a study of how political attitudes influence consumer behavior and whether different psychological processes help explain the variability in early presidential election polls.
Recently, Peter organized a conference at Cornell University on differences and similarities in public opinion and how varied (or similar) opinions influence representation in the United States. Conference papers are currently being organized into the forthcoming volume, Who Gets Represented?
Peter received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007) and his undergraduate degree from Colorado College (1998). Prior to graduate school, he taught high school Spanish for three years in Baltimore, MD, through Teach For America.