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Lara Perez-Felkner

Lara Perez-Felkner

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Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner is an Associate Professor of Higher Education and Sociology in the Higher Education Program within the College of Education at Florida State University. She is also an Affiliated Faculty member in the Department of Sociology, and Senior Research Associate with FSU’s Center for Postsecondary Success. Additional affiliations: the Center for Higher Education Research, Teaching, and Innovation (CHERTI); the HOPE center for College, Community, and Justice; Pathways to Adulthood, Network Gender and STEM, and the Joint Centers for Education Research and Population Research Center at NORC at the University of Chicago.

Her research uses developmental and sociological perspectives to examine how young people’s social contexts influence their college and career outcomes. She focuses on the mechanisms that shape entry into and persistence in institutions and 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 edited and authored a New Directions in Institutional Research volume on undergraduate women in STEM and is co-editing another special issue in International Journal for Gender, Science, and Technology. Published work appears in journals including: Contemporary Sociology, Developmental Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Latinos and Education, Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology, Perspectives, and Teachers’ College Record, as well in several edited volumes. Her research has been covered in the U.S., Europe, and Asia in news outlets including ABC News and National Public Radio affiliates, Bustle, the Conversation, Hindustan Times, Motherboard (Vice News), Salon, the San Francisco Chronicle, Science News for Students, U.S. News and World Report, and USA Today.

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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