Tropp Research on Intergroup Contact Featured at April 3rd SPP Faculty Colloquium

Linda Tropp, professor of social psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, will speak on Monday, April 3, 2017, as part of the annual faculty colloquium sponsored by the School of Public Policy (SPP). Tropp’s talk, “Are We Stronger Together? How Contact Between Groups Transforms Attitudes and Social Relations,” will take place from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Thompson 620.

Professor Tropp’s talk will draw on her years of research examining how contact between groups shapes people’s understandings of social relations and perspectives on social justice, especially when members of different racial and ethnic groups interact in the face of historical conflicts and structural inequalities.

Professor Tropp is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. She has received the Allport Intergroup Relations Prize and the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, as well as the Erikson Distinguished Early Career Award from the International Society of Political Psychology.

In addition to her many publications, Tropp is widely recognized for her contributions to publicly engaged scholarship. She is a founding member of the UMass Public Engagement Project, a recipient of the UMass Distinguished Academic Outreach Award for Research, and was recently recognized by the American Psychological Foundation with the Lynn Stuart Weiss Award for her work to promote psychology as a means of attaining peace through world law. Tropp has worked with national NGO’s on court cases relevant to racial justice and programs to reduce racial and ethnic conflict, and her work on issues ranging from white identity to institutionalized racism has been cited in recent months by such outlets as the New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Republic, Huffington Post, Salon, and The Conversation. Tropp received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Charlie Schweik, SPP’s interim director, will introduce Tropp at the talk.

SPP’s colloquia are generally held monthly each semester and feature UMass faculty discussing ongoing research that has significant policy implications. The colloquium’s theme this year is “Broadening the SPP Network at UMass.”

All talks in the SPP Faculty Colloquium are free and open to the public. Brownbag lunches are welcome.

For additional information, go to www.masspolicy.org or contact Charlie Schweik (cschweik@pubpol.umass.edu) or Susan Newton (snewton@pubpol.umass.edu).