About Me


Efrén Pérez (Ph.D., Duke University) is Full Professor of Political Science and Psychology at UCLA, where he directs its Race, Ethnicity, Politics, and Society (REPS) Lab and co-directs its Intergroup Relations (IRL) Lab. He will be actively reviewing graduate student applications during the 2021-2022 cycle in political science and psychology, with an eye toward recruiting one applicant from each pool.

Efrén draws on psychological principles to better understand the political attitudes and behaviors of racial and ethnic groups in the United States. His research primarily focuses on group identity, language and public opinion, and implicit cognition. He is an expert in the design and analysis of experiments, especially with hard-to-reach populations like African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos. He is also skilled in developing and validating measures of attitudes and beliefs in intergroup 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), was 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 recently published two new books and is working on a fourth one. In August 2021, he published Diversity’s Child: People of Color and the Politics of Identity  (University of Chicago Press), which examines the political consequences of identifying as a person of color. Parts of this book have been featured in the Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage and NPR’s Codeswitch podcast. The second monograph (with Enya Kuo, Yale University) is titled Racial Order, Racialized Responses: Interminority Politics in a Diverse Nation (Cambridge University Press). It investigates the various connections between racial hierarchy and interminority politics in the United States. His fourth book (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