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Lara Perez-Felkner

Lara Perez-Felkner

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Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. She is also an Affiliated Faculty member in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Higher Education Research, Teaching, and Innovation (CHERTI) at FSU, and a Research Affiliate of the Joint Centers for Education Research and Population Research Center at NORC at the University of Chicago. Her research examines how young people’s social contexts influence their college and career outcomes. She focuses on the mechanisms that shape entry into and persistence in fields in which they have traditionally been underrepresented. In particular, she investigates racial-ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic disparities in post-secondary educational attainment and entry to scientific career fields. Dr. Perez-Felkner’s recent work includes lead- and solo-authored articles in Developmental Psychology and Teachers’ College Record, as well as numerous chapters in edited volumes.

Dr. Perez-Felkner teaches graduate courses in Sociology of Education, Sociology of Higher Education, and Outcomes of Higher Education, and Applied Regression. Impressed by the enthusiasm and caliber of FSU students, she is currently collaborating with and supporting multiple graduate and undergraduate students involved in research on higher education policies and pathways to degrees in the sciences.

In 2013, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Khmer Studies, conducting an original study of the relationship between gender and field of study in Cambodian universities. This research examined variation in attitudes and beliefs around the appropriateness of women’s pursuit of scientific careers. She hopes to engage in further international and comparative extensions of her work, in particular in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Close Relationships
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Gender Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Sociology, Social Networks

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Lara Perez-Felkner
1205C Stone Building
Florida State University
1114 W. Call Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32312
United States

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