Jayce Farmer

Dr. Jayce Farmer is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He’s an expert in public finance and state and local government administration and can provide insight on how the coronavirus has devastated state and local government budgets.

Farmer has more than a decade of experience in public fiscal administration — before joining UNLV, he worked as a policy and budget analyst for local governments in Florida. There, he coordinated and managed the capital budget process for municipalities and oversaw the implementation of several large municipal government funds.

He has also advised appointed and elected local officials and, in 2016, conducted several citizen satisfaction surveys for municipalities in Central Texas.

Farmer’s research into local government policy and fiscal issues has been published in The American Review of Public Administration, Public Budgeting and Finance, Urban Affairs Review, Public Performance & Management Review, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Expertise Field: Public finance, state and local governance, public policy, urban affairs

Contact information:

Email: Jayce.Farmer@unlv.edu 

Phone: 702-972-5878

Twitter: @JayceFarmer

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Last updated August 3, 2020

Kenneth Fernandez

Kenneth Fernandez is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies at Elon University. He is an expert in fields of survey methods, education, crime, immigration, and local economic development policy. Fernandez is the director of the Elon University Poll– a survey research center in North Carolina. His research has been published in several academic journals such as Survey Practice, Journal of American Planning Association and Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Fernandez has weighed in on political stories on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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JULY 24, 2012 – Ken Fernandez (left), director of the Elon Poll, and Jason Husser, assistant director. Both are political science professors. (photo by Kim Walker)

Assistant Professor of Political Science & Policy Studies at Elon University 

Areas of expertise: Survey Methods, Crime, Education, Immigration and Local Economic Development Policy

Location: Elon, North Carolina

Contact Information :

Email: kfernandez@elon.edu

Phone: 336-278-6438 (Office)

702-218-7958  (Cell)

Twitter: @ElonFernandez 

Heard on NPR’s All Things Considered : Dems Capitalize On Advantage With Hispanic Voters 

Amy Liu

Amy Liu serves as vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground.

As senior fellow and co-director of the Metro Program, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to policy and practice, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity. Liu has worked directly on such strategies with scores of public and private sector leaders in regions around the country, including Chicago, Kansas City, and Phoenix.

Liu also has extensive experience working with states and the federal government to develop policies and strategies to support cities and metropolitan areas. She co-authored “Delivering the Next Economy: The States Step Up,” outlining a model for states to support bottom-up regional innovation and put this into practice when she worked with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders to develop the New York Regional Economic Development Councils process, a pioneering model for regionalizing state economic development and incentivizing bottom-up innovation.

At the federal level, in 2013 Liu served as a special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, guiding policy priorities related to trade, innovation, and data.

Amy Liu, co-founder of of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 in Washington. (Sharon Farmer/sfphotoworks)

Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution

Areas of Expertise: Economic Development, Exports and Trade, State and Metropolitan Policies, Social Equity, Post-Disaster Recovery

Contact Information:

Email: aliu@brookings.edu
Twitter: @amy_liuw
Media contact: Allison Courtin, acourtin@brookings.edu, 202.238.3556

Location: Washington, DC

Heard on the Brookings Cafeteria Podcast: Amy Liu Discusses New Orleans’ Resilience 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Sylvia Manzano

In an interview with Joy Diaz at KUT, political scientist Sylvia Manzano explains that “Hispanics don’t see eye-to-eye on everything, but there are issues that do get them out to the polls in large numbers…they might say, ‘I identify as a Republican or Democrat or Independent.’ But when it actually comes to those issues that trigger ethnic identity, we see a lot of policy agreement.”

Manzano is currently a Principal at Latino Decisions, a Latino polling firm, where she previously worked as a senior analyst.

Prior to Latino Decisions, Manzano served as assistant professor of political science at Texas A&M University where she taught courses such as “Race, Ethnicity and American Politics” and “Latino Politics in the United States.”

She has been a guest on her local stations KUT and Texas Public Radio. Her most recent publications include articles about Judge Sonia Sotomayor and Latino gender attitudes in the journals Political Communication and Politics and Gender.


Principal at Latino Decisions

Areas of Expertise: Latino Voting Behavior, Latino Vote, Politics of Race and Ethnicity,State and Local Politics, Political Behavior

Location: College Station, TX
Contact Info:

Email: sylvia.manzano@latinodecisions.com
Heard on KUT: For a complete list, click here.

Hispanic Diversity Makes for Unique Voting Bloc

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Michael Leo Owens

At Emory University in Atlanta, associate professor Michael Leo Owens tackles urban politics head-on, addressing real issues gripping cities all the way from his home state of New York down south to Georgia. As a versatile urbanist and political scientist, Owens is a solid source to weigh in on the issues facing your metro area. He also serves as director of undergraduate studies at Emory.

Owens, former Chair of the board of the Urban Affairs Association, teaches courses on various topics ranging from “Religion and Social Welfare Policy” to “Urban Politics” to “Politics & Punishment.’” In 2007, he published his first book “God and Government in the Ghetto,” in which he examines the political relationship between African-American churches and public agencies.

For his upcoming book project “Prisoners of Democracy,” Owens is studying the public policies and attitudes “that diminish the citizenship of felons in the United States.”

Director of Undergraduate Studies/ Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University 

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Urban Politics, State and Local Politics, Political Penology, Government, Public Policy, Religion and Politics, African-American Politics

Location: Atlanta, GA

Contact Info:

Phone: (404) 727-9322

Email: michael.leo.owens@emory.edu

Twitter: @milo_phd

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

Morning Edition: The Economic Legacy Of Atlanta’s Olympic Games

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Last Verified June 2017