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Efrén O. Pérez

Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Sociology (by courtesy)
Co-Director, Research on Individuals, Politics & Society Lab

Efrén O. Pérez (Ph.D., Duke University) is Associate Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, and Co-Director of its Research on Individuals, Politics, & Society (RIPS) experimental lab. His research encompasses political psychology and public opinion, with an emphasis on racial and ethnic politics. Pérez's current research includes several papers on the relationship between language and survey response, as well as new projects on group identity, identity threat, and political response. His scholarship has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, and Political Behavior. His book, Unspoken Politics: Implicit Attitudes and Political Thinking, is available through Cambridge University Press.

Representative publications

  • 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. 2016. Unspoken Politics: Implicit Attitudes and Political Thinking. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • 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.   
  • Pérez, Efrén O., and Marc J. Hetherington. 2014. “Authoritarianism in Black and White: Testing the Cross-Racial Validity of the Child Rearing Scale.” Political Analysis  22(3): 398-412.
  • Lee, Taeku, and Efrén O. Pérez. 2014. “The Persistent Connection Between Language-of-Interview and Latino Political Opinion.” Political Behavior  36(2): 401-425.