Thomas Pettigrew is currently Research Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has also taught at the Universities of North Carolina (1956-1957), Harvard (1957-1980), and Amsterdam (1986-1991). In addition, he has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1975-76), the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (1984-85) and the Research Institute for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University (2001-2002).
With more then 500 publications, Professor Pettigrew has been at the forefront of research on racial prejudice for a half-century. An expert on black-white relations in the United States, he has also conducted intergroup research in Australia, Europe, and South Africa. He served as President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues in 1967-1968 and later received the Society's Kurt Lewin Award (1987) and twice its Gordon Allport Intergroup Research Award (1987 and 2003). Other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1967-68) ,the Sydney Spivack Award for Race Relations Research from the American Sociological Association (1979), the 2002 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, a Senior Fulbright Fellowship (2003-2004), the 2009 Panunzio Award of the University of California for outstanding research by an Emeritus Professor, and the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Academy for Intercultural Research. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate from Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. In 2010, Pettigrew received both the Harold Lasswell Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Political Psychology and the Ralph White Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence. The Sociological Practice and Public Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association presented Pettigrew with the William Foote Whyte Distinguished Career Award in 2011. The following year the Society for Personality and Social Psychology honored him with one of its first Lifetime Career Contribution Awards. In 2014, he received the Cooley-Mead Award - the highest social psychological award of the American Sociological Association. In 2016 the American Sociological Association presented him with the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award for lifetime contributions to the study and advancement of American race relations. And, in 2017, he was awarded the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in recognition of significant contributions to society, 2017.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Group Processes
- Intergroup Relations
- Political Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Research Methods, Assessment
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- Campbell, E. Q., & Pettigrew, T. F. (1959). Christians in racial crisis: A study of Little Rock's ministry. Washington, DC: Public Affairs Press.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (Ed.). (1980). The sociology of race relations: Reflection and reform. New York: Free Press.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (1996). How to think like a social scientist. New York: HarperCollins College Publishers.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (1971). Racially separate or together? New York: McGraw-Hill.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (1964). A profile of the Negro American. New York: Van Nostrand.
- Pettigrew, T. F., & Tropp, L. M. (2011). When groups meet: The dynamics of intergroup contact. Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.
- Smith, H., Pettigrew, T. F., Pippin, G., & Bialosiewicz, S. (2012). Relative deprivation: A theoretical and meta-analytic critique, Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16(3), 203-232.
- Pettigrew, T. F., & Tropp, L. (2006). A meta-analytic test of intergroup contact theory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 751-783.
- Pettigrew, T. F., & Meertens, R. W. (1995). Subtle and blatant prejudice in western Europe. European Journal of Social Psychology, 57, 57-75.
- Pettigrew, T. F., & Martin, J. (1987). Shaping the organizational context for Black American inclusion. Journal of Social Issues, 43(1), 41-78.
- Pettigrew, T. F., & Hewstone, M. (2017). The single factor fallacy: Implications of missing critical variables from an analysis of intergroup contact theory. Social Issues and Policy Review, 11(1), 8-37.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (1979). The ultimate attribution error: Extending Allport's cognitive analysis of prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 5(4), 461-476.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (1998). Responses to the new minorities of Western Europe. Annual Review of Sociology, 24, 77-103.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (2004). Justice deferred: A half century after Brown v. Board of Education. American Psychologist, 59(6), 521-529.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (2016). In pursuit of three theories: Authoritarianism, relative deprivation, and intergroup contact. Annual Review of Psychology, 67, 1-21.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (1998). Intergroup contact theory. Annual Review of Psychology, 49, 65-85.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (2015). Stouffer and relative deprivation. Social Psychology Quarterly. 30, 1-18.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (1967). Social evaluation theory: Convergences and applications. In D. Levine (ed.), Nebraska Symposium on Motivation (pp. 241-311). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (2017). The intertwined history of personality and social psychology. In K. Deaux and M. Snyder (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (2008). Final reflections. In U. Wagner, L. Tropp, G. Finchilescu, & C. Tredoux (Eds.), Emerging research directions for improving intergroup relations: Building on the legacy of Thomas F. Pettigrew. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
Department of Psychology
273 Social Sciences II
University of California
Santa Cruz, California 95064
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