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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 in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. She is also a Research Affiliate of the Joint Centers for Education Research and Population Research Centers at NORC at the University of Chicago. Her research examines the social context of schools in relation to adolescents’ college and career outcomes. This research focuses on the mechanisms underlying racial-ethnic, class, and gender disparities in postsecondary educational attainment and entry to careers in STEM and other fields in which they have traditionally been underrepresented. Dr. Perez-Felkner’s recent work includes a lead-authored article in Developmental Psychology and numerous solo- and lead-authored chapters in edited volumes.

Before coming to Florida State University, she was an Associate Fellow of the Pathways to Adulthood International Fellowship Program and a postdoctoral fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. Her Ph.D. dissertation from the University of Chicago was a mixed-methods study of the postsecondary pathways of high-aspiring Latino and ethnic minority youth.

Dr. Perez-Felkner has been active in pursuing and attaining extramural funding to support her research. Presently, she is a co-Investigator on National Science Foundation grant #1232139 which examines gendered differences in U.S. university students’ persistence in engineering and computer science majors. While at NORC, she received an AERA Research Grant to develop an extension of her dissertation research using nationally representative longitudinal data. Her graduate work was awarded a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the Bernice Neugarten Prize, and several other fellowships and awards.

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, FL 32312
United States

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