About Me

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Postdoc   NORC; Pathways Fellow
Ph.D.        University of Chicago
M.A.         University of Chicago
B.A.          Wesleyan University

Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner is an Assistant 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 the Center for Higher Education Research, Teaching, and Innovation (CHERTI) at FSU, an Alumni Fellow with Pathways to Adulthood, and a Research Affiliate of the Joint Centers for Education Research and Population Research Center at NORC at the University of Chicago. She is also a Senior Research Associate with FSU’s Center for Postsecondary Success.

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 is editing and authoring in an upcoming New Directions in Institutional Research volume on Women in STEM. She has been published in Contemporary Sociology, Developmental Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Latinos and Education, Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology, 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, Hindustan Times, Motherboard (Vice News), Science News for Students, U.S. News and World Report, and USA Today. Her research will be featured in a cable news special in spring 2018.

Dr. Perez-Felkner has professional experience in Student Affairs as well. At the University of Chicago, she served as a Resident Head in the College from 2006-2012 and on an NSF AGEP-supported Social Sciences Division Taskforce on Diversity for the Professoriate. Prior to graduate school, she was a post-placement counselor for grade 7-10 students with Prep for Prep, helping underrepresented students transition to magnet schools and private day and boarding college preparatory schools. While earning her B.A. at Wesleyan University, she also worked in residence life, admissions, and student leadership. She is Co-Chair of the Latinx Faculty and Staff Collective at Florida State, and will be Program Coordinator for FSU’s Higher Education graduate program starting in Fall, 2018.

Email: lperezfelkner at fsu dot edu
Twitter: @perezfelkner
Office phone: (850) 645-8450