Sergio Fernandez is an expert in the fields of public management and organization theory, with a focus on leadership, employee empowerment, work attitudes, turnover, organizational performance, organizational change, outsourcing, and representation and diversity in the United States and South Africa. Fernandez’s articles have appeared in Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Governance, Public Administration, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Modern African Studies, Leadership Quarterly, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. He has also published two books, Understanding and Managing Public Organizations (with Hal G. Rainey and Deanna Malatesta) and Representative Bureaucracy and Performance: Public Service Transformation in South Africa.
Fernandez was appointed Extraordinary Professor in University of Pretoria School of Public Management and Administration (2017 to present) and Visiting Professor in University of Johannesburg Centre for Public Management and Governance in (2016-2019).
Fernandez served as director of the Ph.D. in Public Affairs Program and Joint Ph.D. in Public Policy Program (2012-2017) and has served on 40 doctoral dissertation committees, chairing 10 of them.
Fernandez has served on the editorial board of eight public administration journals and in 2019 became one of the editors of Africa Today (Indiana University Press).