About Me


Efrén Pérez (Ph.D., Duke University) is Full Professor of Political Science and Psychology at UCLA, where he is Director of its Race, Ethnicity, Politics, and Society (REPS) 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 Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesAmerican Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Political 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.

Efrén is currently working on two new books. The first one, titled Diversity’s Child: The Political Origins and Actions of People of Color, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. The second one (with Margit Tavits,  Washington University in St. Louis) is under contract at Princeton University Press and is titled Voicing Politics: How Language Shapes Public Opinion.

Contact Information:

Efrén O. Pérez
University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Political Science
4289 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095