Efrén Pérez


Director, Race, Ethnicity, Politics & Society (REPS) Lab
Ph.D.: Duke University
Primary Area: Social Psychology
Email: perezeo@ucla.edu

Research and Teaching Interests:

Efrén Pérez is Full Professor of Political Science and Psychology. His research centers on political psychology, with specific interests in racial and ethnic politics, language and political thinking, implicit political cognition, and the measurement of political concepts. He has published numerous articles in leading political science and general science journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesAmerican Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsPolitical Behavior, and Political Psychology. He is also the author of an award-winning book titled, Unspoken Politics: Implicit Attitudes and Political Thinking (Cambridge University Press). Beyond his research, Efrén directs the Race, Ethnicity, Politics, and Society (REPS) Lab.

Representative Publications:

Tavits, Margit, and Efrén O. Pérez. 2019. “Language Influences Mass Opinion Toward Gender and LGBT Equality.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(34): 16781-16786.

Pérez, Efrén O., Andrew M. Engelhardt, and Maggie Deichert. 2019. “E Pluribus Unum? How Ethnic and National Identity Motivate Reactions to a Political Ideal.” Journal of Politics.

Pérez, Efrén O., and Margit Tavits. 2019. “Language Influences Public Attitudes Toward Gender Equality. Journal of Politics 81(1): 81-93.

Pérez, Efrén O., and Margit Tavits. 2017. “Language Shapes People’s Time Perspective and Support for Future-Oriented Policies.” American Journal of Political Science 61(3): 715-727.

Pérez, Efrén O. 2015. “Xenophobic Rhetoric and Its Political Effects on Immigrants and Their Co-Ethnics.”  American Journal of Political Science 59(3): 549-564.