Lara Perez-Faulkner

Lara Perez-Felkner joined the PATHWAYS Programme in November 2010. She is based at NORC at the University of Chicago, in affiliation with Barbara Schneider at Michigan State University. Her Ph.D. in human development was completed in June, 2009 at the University of Chicago, USA. Lara's dissertation was entitled "Cultivating College Dreams: Social Pathways to Educational Attainment." Her dissertation was a mixed-methods study of the postsecondary pathways of high-aspiring Latino and ethnic minority youth in Chicago. She received a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and currently holds an AERA Research Grant to examine her dissertation research findings using nationally representative longitudinal datasets.

Her research examines the social context of schools in relation to adolescents' college and career outcomes, with a particular focus on the mechanisms underlying racial-ethnic and gender disparities in postsecondary educational attainment and entry to careers in STEM fields.

Lara's research as a PATHWAYS Fellow will focus on adolescents' beliefs about their ability (especially their mathematics ability), how they think their teachers, peers, and family members regard their ability and potential, and school characteristics that might positively or negatively influence these beliefs and perceptions.



Perez-Felkner, L., McDonald, S., Schneider, B., and Grogan, E. (2012). “Female and Male Adolescents’ Subjective Orientations in Mathematics and Their Influence on Postsecondary Majors.” Developmental Psychology.

Perez-Felkner, L. “How Youth Experience Social Support: Building Underrepresented Adolescents’ Resilience for the Transition to College.” Revise and resubmit, Teachers College Record.

Perez-Felkner, L. “Tempering Stereotype Threat: Aspirations toward Higher Education among Latino Leadership Students.” Revise and resubmit to Race, Ethnicity, and Education.

Perez-Felkner, L., Felkner, J., Taub, R.P., and Papachristos, A. “Evaluating Neighborhood Integration in Chicago, 1970-2000.” Under revision; invited resubmission to American Journal of Sociology.

Perez-Felkner, L., Nakamura, J., and Schneider, B. “Conceptualizing Engagement: Implications for Understanding Gender Differences in Mathematics-Related Fields.” Under review; selected for submission to special issue of European Psychologist.

Book Chapters

Perez-Felkner, L., Hedberg, E.C., and Schneider, B. (2011). The Changing Landscape for Educational Opportunity: Enhancing the Public Option for Black Youth” in Black Educational Choice: Assessing the Private and Public Alternatives to Traditional K–12 Public Schools. Eds.: Slaughter-Defoe, D., Stevenson, H., Arrington, E., and Johnson, D. Praeger Press.

Schneider, B., Ford, T., and Perez-Felkner, L. (2010). “Social Networks and the Education of Children and Youth” in International Encyclopaedia of Education, Third Edition. Eds.: Baker, E., McGaw, B., and Paterson, P. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Elsevier.

Perez-Felkner, L., McDonald, S. and Schneider, B. (in press).“What Happens to High-Achieving Females after High School? Gender and Persistence on the Postsecondary STEM Pipeline” in Gender Differences in Aspirations and Attainment. Eds: Schoon, I. and Eccles, J. Cambridge University Press.

Invited manuscripts in preparation

Perez-Felkner, L. (Forthcoming). Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence. In J. DeLamater (Ed.), Handbook of Social Psychology, 2nd edition: Springer Publishing.

Perez-Felkner, L. (2013). Occupational Aspirations/Expectations. In J. W. Ainsworth & G. J. Golson (Eds.), Sociology of Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Perez-Felkner, L. (2013). Racial Inequality: Returns to Educational investments. In J. W. Ainsworth & G. J. Golson (Eds.), Sociology of Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Perez-Felkner, L. (2013). Achievement Differences and Gender in Science Education. In R. Gunstone (Ed.), Springer Encyclopedia of Science Education. New York: Springer Publishing.

Perez-Felkner, L. (2013). Attitude Differences and Gender in Science Education. In R. Gunstone (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Science Education. New York: Springer Publishing.