Sergio Fernandez

Associate Professor

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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


Sergio Fernandez 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.

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.

Fernandez was appointed Extraordinary Professor in University of Pretoria School of Public Management and Administration in 2018 and Visiting Professor in University of Johannesburg Centre for Public Management and Governance in 2016.

In 2019, Fernandez became one of the editors of Africa Today (Indiana University Press).


  • Winner of the William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award, Best Article by an Academic in Public Administration Review, 2016
  • “Managing Successful Organizational Change in the Public Sector: An Agenda for Research and Practice” (with Hal Rainey), selected for 75 Most Influential Articles in Public Administration Review
  • Editorial board, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, and International Journal of Public Sector Management
  • Trustees Teaching Award, 2010
  • Two-time winner, Herbert Kaufman Award, American Political Science Association, 2004 and 2006

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