Kenneth Fernandez

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies and Director of Elon Poll
Gray Pavilion - Pol. Science 101A
2333 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6438

Brief Biography

Dr. Kenneth Fernandez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Policy Studies at Elon University and is the Director of the Elon University Poll. He received his B.A. in poltical science from the University of Calfiornia, San Diego, and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Riverside.  His research interests include public opinion and public policy in the areas of crime, immigration, education, and local economic development. He teaches courses in research methods, public policy, American politics, urban politics, and ethnic and minority politics.


Ph.D., Department of Political Science, 2003 - University of California, Riverside
M.A., Department of Political Science, 1997 - University of California, Riverside
B.A. Political Science and Visual Arts, 1993 - University of California, San Diego

Courses Taught

Research Methods
Public Policy
Ethnic and Minority Politics
Urban Politics
Senior Seminar

Current Projects

Crime Policy in the New Millennium: The End of the "Tough on Crime" Era?

Latino Partisanship and the Influence of Geographic Context - w/ Matthew Dempsey

Attitudes on Immigration and Environmental Conditions - w/ Max Neiman

Happiness and Political Attitudes - w/ Jason Husser

The Politics of Southern Accents - w/ Jason Husser and Carrie Eaves



Husser, Jason A. and Kenneth E. Fernandez. 2013. To Click, Type, or Drag? Evaluating Speed of Survey Data Input Methods. Survey Practice, 6, 2: 1-7.

Fernandez, Kenneth. 2011. "Evaluating School Improvement Plans and their Influence on Academic Performance." Educational Policy 25, 2: 338-367.

Fernandez, Kenneth and Michelle Kuenzi. 2010. “Crime and Support for Democracy in Africa and Latin America," Political Studies 53, 3 (June):450-471.

Fernandez, Kenneth and Timothy Bowman. 2004. “Race, Political Institutions, and Criminal Sentencing: An Examination of the Sentencing of Latino Offenders” Columbia Human Rights Law Review 36, 1 (Fall): 41-70. 

Neiman, Max and Kenneth Fernandez. 2000. "Local Planners and Limits on Local Residential Development." Journal of the American Planning Association 66 (Summer): 295-305.

Neiman, Max and Kenneth Fernandez. 1999.“Measuring Local Economic Development Policy & the Influence of Economic Conditions,” International Journal of Economic Development 1 (Fall): 311-39.

Fernandez, Kenneth and Max Neiman. 1998."California’s Inmate Classification System: Predicting Inmate Misconduct," Prison Journal 78 (December): 406-422.

Bowler, Shaun, Todd Donovan, & Kenneth Fernandez. 1996. "The Growth of the Political Marketing Industry and the California Initiative process," European Journal of Marketing 30. 10: 173-188.


Neiman, Max, Gregory Andranovich and Kenneth Fernandez. 2000.  Local Economic Development in Southern California's Suburbs: 1990-1997. San Francisco: Public Policy Institute of California, 2000.


Donovan, Todd, Shaun Bowler, David McCuan, & Kenneth Fernandez. 1998. "Contending Players and Strategies: Opposition Advantages in Initiative Elections," in Citizens as Legislators: Direct Democracy in the United States. Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan & Caroline Tolbert, eds. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press.

McCuan, David, Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan, & Kenneth Fernandez. 1998. "California's Political Warriors: Campaign Professionals and the Initiative Process," in Citizens as Legislators: Direct Democracy in the United States. Bowler, Donovan & Tolbert, eds. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press.


Book review of This is the City: Making Model Citizens in Los Angeles, by Ronald J. Schmidt Jr.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. Perspectives on Politics 4, 1 (2006):195-196

Book review of State Crime: Governments, Violence and Corruption, by Penny Green and Tony Ward. Pluto Press, 2004. International Criminal Justice Review 17, 3 (2007): 242-243.

“Crime Trends” in Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America. Sage Reference Publications. 2013.

“Fear of Crime” in Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America. Sage Reference Publications. 2013.

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