Javier Perez, PhD | Director of Research and Analytics

Since 2014, Dr. Perez has supported many projects for Policy Navigation Group (PNG), ranging from the preparation of policy analysis and research to quantitative economic impact analyses of U.S. federal regulation and guidance.  As Director of Research and Analytics, Dr. Perez manages PNG’s research teams across a wide range of analytic projects.

In 2022, Dr. Perez earned a doctorate in sociology at the University of Cape Town, where he studied the impacts of literary workshops on formerly-incarcerated men. Dr. Perez earned his BA in Political Science from Swarthmore College and has over fifteen years’ experience in research, writing, and project administration.  Dr. Perez is also an academic author and has been awarded multiple fellowships and grants to support his research, including fellowships at the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, Mellon-Mays Fellowship (MMUF), and Roosevelt Institute, as well as research grants from Institute for Citizens and Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation) and Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

In his free time, Dr. Perez enjoy hikes with his wife and their dog around the scenic and richly biodiverse landscape surrounding his home city, Cape Town.  For several years, Dr. Perez has supported the local performing arts community by mentoring emerging poets, coordinating award-winning events, and offering writing workshops to various groups.