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.
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Close Relationships
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Gender Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Sociology, Social Networks
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- Milesi, C., Perez-Felkner, L., Brown, K, & Schneider, B. (in press). Engagement, Persistence, and Gender in Computer Science: Results of a Smartphone ESM Study. Frontiers in Psychology. 8:602. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00602 [link to preliminary online first version]
- Nix, S., Perez-Felkner, L. C., & Thomas, K. (2015). Perceived mathematical ability under challenge: A longitudinal perspective on sex segregation among STEM degree fields. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(530), 1-19. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00530. See related press.
- Perez-Felkner, L. (2015). Perceptions and Resilience in Underrepresented Students’ Pathways to College. Teachers College Record, 117(8), 1-60.
- Perez-Felkner, L., McDonald, S.-K., Schneider, B., & Grogan, E. (2012). Female and male adolescents’ subjective orientations in mathematics and the influence of those orientations on postsecondary majors. Developmental Psychology.
- Perez-Felkner, L., Nix, S., & Thomas, K. (in press). Gendered Pathways: How Mathematics Ability Beliefs Shape Secondary and Postsecondary Course and Degree Field Choices. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(386). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00386
- Perez-Longobardo, L. (2005). Latino Crossings: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and the politics of race and citizenship. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, 34(5), 490-491.
- Schneider, B., Milesi, C., Perez-Felkner, L., Brown, K., & Gutin, I. (2015). Does the Gender Gap in STEM Majors Vary by Field and Institutional Selectivity? Teachers College Record. http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=18026
- Perez-Felkner, L. (2015). Perceptions Matter: How Schools Can Enhance Underrepresented Students’ Resilience on the Rocky Path to College. Retrieved from Center for Postsecondary Success, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL: http://centerforpostsecondarysuccess.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Perceptions-Matter-Policy-Brief.pdf
- Perez-Felkner, L. (2013). Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence. In J. DeLamater & A. Ward (Eds.), Handbook of Social Psychology, 2nd Edition (pp. 119-149). New York: Springer Publishing.
- Perez-Felkner, L. (2009). Cultivating college dreams: Social pathways to educational attainment. Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Chicago, Chicago.
- Perez-Felkner, L., Hedberg, E. C., & Schneider, B. (2011). The changing landscape for educational opportunity: Enhancing the public option for black youth. In D. Slaughter-Defoe, H. Stevenson, E. Arrington & D. J. Johnson (Eds.), Black educational choice: Assessing the private and public alternatives to traditional K-12 public schools. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press.
- Perez-Felkner, L., McDonald, S.-K., & Schneider, B. L. (2014). What happens to high-achieving females after high school? Gender and persistence on the postsecondary STEM pipeline. In I. Schoon & J. S. Eccles (Eds.), Gender differences in aspirations and attainment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Schneider, B. L., Ford, T., & Perez-Felkner, L. (2010). Social networks and the education of children and youth. In P. Peterson, E. Baker & B. McGaw (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education (pp. 705-711). Oxford: Elsevier.
- Applied Regression
- Outcomes of Undergraduate Education
Sociology of Education
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Sociology of Higher Education
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- Theoretical and Methodological Analysis of Youth in Society
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