Current Research Projects

At its core, the REPS Lab is unified by an interest in conducting research that is psychologically informed, systematically tested, and broadly relevant to academic audiences and beyond. Below, you can get a better sense of some of our diverse range of research interests, most of which receive formal support from the lab.

Efrén Pérez, REPS Lab Director
Project: “Diversity’s Child: People of Color and the Politics of Identity”

Bianca Vicuña, REPS Lab Manager
Project: “Intersecting Attachments: How Women of Color Manage Their Racial and Gender Identities ”


Hoffenberg Research Fellowship

Before the start of each summer, the REPS Lab solicits proposals from (under)graduate students affiliated with the lab for research grants to fund original scholarship that draws on psychological insights and/or employs rigorous experimental designs.

These grants are made possible by a generous endowment provided by the Hoffenberg family. As a way to honor this support, each selected student is conferred the title of Hoffenberg Research Fellow and expected to participate in the REPS Lab group throughout the academic year in order to develop their idea into a scientifically testable and theoretically informative project. Below, you can learn more about this year’s fellows and their ongoing research.

2021-2022 Hoffenberg Research Fellows

Cindy Berganza, Department of Psychology and Political Science
Project: “The Impacts of Social Media on Contemporary Activism”

Kristen Brock-Petroshius, Department of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs
Project: “Changing Dominant Carceral Attitudes: A Community Organizing Field Experiment”

Alexandria Davis, Department of Political Science
Project: “Everything Is Not What It Seems: 2020 and the Black Apathetic Voter”

Peter Fisher, Department of Psychology
Project: “Intraracial Communication: Mapping the Outcomes of White Intragroup Conversations about Privilege and Race”

Chelsea Jones, Department of Political Science
Project: “Religious Sermons as a Mechanism for Countermobilization Against Voter Suppression”

Shing Hon Lam, Department of Political Science
Project: “Trade and Preferences: When Does the Public Support Trade War?”

Chase Privett, Department of Political Science
Project: “Age-Old Division: How Generational Identities Become Political Groups”

Bianca Vicuña, Department of Political Science
Project: “At the Corner of Race and Gender: How Women Manager Their Identities—and Why It Matters Politically”

2020-2021 Hoffenberg Research Fellows

Peter Fisher, Department of Psychology
Project: “Intraracial Communication: Investigating and Intervening on Whites Discussing Race”

Lauren Hofschneider, Department of Psychology
Project: “Status, Perceived Scarcity, and Self-Centered Attitudes”

Max Plithides, Department of Political Science
Project: “Empathy Quotients and the Micro-Foundations of Support for Crisis Escalation in Public Opinion”

Crystal Robertson, Department of Political Science
Project: “Where Do Women Belong in Black Lives Matter?”

Marcel Roman, Department of Political Science
Project: “Fighting Back Against La Migra

Rodolfo Solis, Department of Political Science
Project: “How Conceptions of American Identity Influence Latino Attitudes Toward Immigration Policies”

2019-2020 Hoffenberg Research Fellows

Adam Bakr, Department of Political Science
Project: “Stronger Together or Better Apart: Do In-Group Minority Members Perceive Out-Groups as a Source of Cooperation or as a Threat?”

Angela Gutierrez, Department of Political Science
Project: “Examining Similarities and Differences in Identity Measures and Political Outcomes”

Vivien Leung, Department of Political Science
Project: “Positive/Negative Primes and Their Effect on Identity”

Kristen Brock-Petroshius, Department of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs
Project: “Changing Dominant Carceral Attitudes: A Community Organizing Field Experiment”

Jason C. Chin, Department of Psychology
Project: “Can Common Racial Minority Identity Overcome Group Self-Interest?: Asian Americans and Support for Affirmative Action”

Peter Fisher, Department of Psychology
Project: “Leveraging a More Inclusive Definition of Masculinity to Motivate Attitude Change”

Daniel Rosenfeld, Department of Psychology
Project: “Racialized Perceptions of Vegetarianism”

Nico Studen, Department of Political Science
Project: “Sitting on the Sidelines: Examining the Roots of Latino and Asian American Partisan Unattachment”