Linda Tropp, professor of social psychology, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Nevitt Sanford Award from the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), in recognition of professional contributions to political psychology.
Recipients of the award are “engaged in the practical application of political psychological principles, or creating knowledge that is accessible and used by practitioners to make a positive difference in the way politics is carried out.”
Tropp is well known for her work on intergroup contact including a 2006 article she coauthored entitled "A meta-analytic test of intergroup contact theory," which has been cited over 6,000 times.
Her research focuses on how group differences in status (race, ethnicity, religion, and/or national origin) affect cross-group relations. She has also explored how inequality and conflict have influenced group members’ views of each other, and the society they live in.
Tropp’s work strives to discover and test new approaches to solving social problems between groups. She has worked with national organizations on U.S. Supreme Court cases relevant to racial integration and equity, on national initiatives to improve interracial relations in schools and with non-governmental organizations to evaluate interventions designed to bridge group differences in divided societies.
Tropp has been invited to give a keynote address at the ISPP annual meeting in Berlin, Germany in July 2020.