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. Recently, his article, “Ricochet: How Elite Discourse Politicizes Racial and Ethnic Identities,” was recognized as one of Springer’s Change the World, One Article at a Time: Must-Read Articles from 2015. His new book, Unspoken Politics: Implicit Attitudes and Political Thinking, is now available through Cambridge University Press.

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