Efrén Pérez (Ph.D., Duke University) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology (by courtesy) at Vanderbilt University. He is also Co-Director of its Research on Individuals, Politics, & Society (RIPS) experimental lab.

Efrén draws on psychological insights to better understand the political attitudes and behaviors of racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. Substantively, he conducts research on implicit political cognition, group identity, and language and survey response. Methodologically, he designs and runs experiments, especially in the realm of racial and ethnic politics. He also uses latent variable models to design, validate, and refine measures of attitudes, identities, and beliefs in inter-group settings.

Efrén has published articles on these topics in the American Journal of Political ScienceThe Journal of PoliticsPolitical AnalysisPolitical Behavior and Political Psychology. His book, Unspoken Politics: Implicit Attitudes and Political Thinking (Cambridge University Press), is the recipient of the 2017 Best Book Award from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association; and the 2017 Best Book on Latino Politics from the Latino Caucus of the American Political Science Association.

Beginning in fall 2018, Efrén will be Full Professor of Political Science and Psychology (by courtesy) at UCLA.

Contact Information:

Efrén O. Pérez
PMB 505
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203
615.322.6222 (telephone) (central time)
615.343.6003 (fax)
efren.o.perez@vanderbilt.edu