Sergio Fernandez

Associate Professor
Director, Ph.D. Programs in Public Affairs and Public Policy

(812) 855-2457 (Ph.D. Programs) or (812) 855-4944 (Faculty)
Room Number:
SPEA 449

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2004
  • M.P.A., Florida International University, 1996
  • B.A., Florida International University, 1993


  • Public Management
  • Public Organization & Management II
  • Research Design & Methods in Public Affairs
  • Workshop in Public Policy


Sergio Fernandez serves as director of the Ph.D. in Public Affairs and Joint Ph.D. in Public Policy Programs.  He is an expert in the fields of public management and organization theory, with a focus on employee empowerment, representative bureaucracy in the U.S. and South Africa, organizational change and innovation, public sector leadership, and government outsourcing.

Recently, Fernandez co-authored a SPEA Dean's Advisory Council Report on government contracting, with Mayor Steven Goldsmith and Governor Ed Rendell, titled Government Outsourcing: A Practical Guide for State and Local Governments.

In 2015, Fernandez was appointed Research Associate in the University of Johannesburg Centre for Public Management and Governance.


  • Member of SPEA Expert Panel on government outsourcing
  • SPEA faculty member for more than a decade
  • Editorial board, Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, and Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory
  • 2006 Graduate Teaching Award, Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Two-time co-winner of the Herbert Kaufman Award (2004 and 2006)

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