About Me


Efrén Pérez (Ph.D., Duke University) is Full Professor of Political Science and Psychology (by courtesy) at UCLA, where he is Director of its Race, Ethnicity, Politics, and Society (REPS) experimental lab and its Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP).

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 is tentatively titled Diversity’s Child: The Social Origins and Political Actions of People of Color. The second one, with Margit Tavits (Washington University in St. Louis), is provisionally 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