Thomas F. Pettigrew, research professor of social psychology at UC Santa Cruz, has been named winner of the 2010 Harold Lasswell Award by the International Society for Political Psychology.

Named for one of the first researchers to apply psychology to the analysis of politics, the Lasswell Award is given for distinguished scientific contributions in the field of political psychology. Pettigrew will receive the award in July at the society's annual meeting in San Francisco where he will also give an address, "The Post-Racism Myth and Mass Media Mistakes."

The honor is the most recent for Pettigrew, who a year ago was awarded the University of California's highest award for emeriti faculty. Pettigrew retired from teaching in 1994 but has been active in research since then. He has studied intergroup relations for more than five decades, spending the past 20 years focusing on race relations in Europe.

He arrived at UCSC in 1979 after teaching at the University of North Carolina and Harvard University.