Thomas F. Pettigrew is currently the Dickson Emeriti Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1956-57), Harvard University (1957-1980), and the University of Amsterdam (1986-1991).
He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. He later received honorary doctorates from Governor’s State University and Germany’s Marburg University.
Professor Pettigrew has published more than 460 books, articles, and reviews that have been cited, according to Google Scholar, more than 57,000 times. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Senior Fulbright Scholar, and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and Stanford University’s Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. He served as Chair of the Social Psychological Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and has won the ASA’s three highest awards for both race relations research and social psychology. Pettigrew also served as president of the Society for the Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and received its Lewin Award and twice its Allport Intergroup Research Award. The Society for Experimental Social Psychology presented him with both its Distinguished Scientist and Scientific Impact Awards. He has also been honored with six lifetime achievement awards from other psychological and sociological organizations. Finally, Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences presented Pettigrew with its Centennial Medal for significant contributions to society; and the University of California system gave him its Panunizo Distinguished Emeriti Award.
- 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. (2021). Contextual social psychology: Reanalyzing prejudice, voting and intergroup contact. Washington, DC: American Psychology Association 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. (Ed.). (1980). The sociology of race relations: Reflection and reform. New York: Free Press.
- Pettigrew, T. F., & Tropp, L. M. (2011). When groups meet: The dynamics of intergroup contact. Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (2021). School desegregation and the pipeline of privilege. Du Bois Review, 18(1), 1-13.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (2004). Justice deferred: A half century after Brown v. Board of Education. American Psychologist, 59(6), 521-529.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (1998). Responses to the new minorities of Western Europe. Annual Review of Sociology, 24, 77-103.
- Pettigrew, T. F. (2015). Stouffer and relative deprivation. Social Psychology Quarterly. 30, 1-18.
- 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. (1979). The ultimate attribution error: Extending Allport's cognitive analysis of prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 5(4), 461-476.
- 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., & Martin, J. (1987). Shaping the organizational context for Black American inclusion. Journal of Social Issues, 43(1), 41-78.
- 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., & Tropp, L. (2006). A meta-analytic test of intergroup contact theory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 751-783.
- 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. (2022). Seven decades in social psychology. In Saul Kassin (Ed.), Pillars of social psychology: Stories and retrospectives. New York: Cambridge University 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.
- 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.
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