Tracy Perkins, University of California at Santa Cruz, has won the 2011 Robert Dentler Student Achievement Award given by the ASA Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology. This award is given to a graduate student “who has made a promising contribution to the field, such as a project or paper in the areas of sociological practice and public sociology. …Products of graduate-level classes, internships, or independent projects are eligible. Perkins’ project, “25 Stories from the Central Valley” was judged to be a superb achievement. Designed “to make the environmental justice movement more visible to the general public through theater, photography, teaching tools and oral history” it is creative and complex.
The Co-Recipients of the William Foote Whyte Career Award are Leora Lawton and Thomas F. Pettigrew.
Leora Lawton is president of TechSociety Research in Berkeley CA, and Executive Director of the Berkeley Population Center and a member of the Sociology Department at the University of California, Berkeley. TSR serves the high tech industry, social service organizations, public utilities and other organizations in California and nationally. She has been a leader and treasurer of the Society for Applied Sociology and its Webmaster. She has also been a key leader of the ASA Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology and our chair, our Webmaster and Newsletter editor for many years. Her scholarly papers, conference presentations, book reviews, trade publications and academic administrative work over a quarter of a century have covered the areas of consumer behavior and consumer attitudes, parent-child relations, family relations, divorce, disability, religious identity and the impact of religious commitment on fertility among other topics. What an extraordinary career, and she is only mid-career.
Thomas F. Pettigrew is Research Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he has been a full professor since 1980. Before appointments at Santa Cruz, Thomas Pettigrew was Professor of Social Psychology and Sociology at Harvard University. from 1968 to 1980. He held other appointments at Harvard from 1953 to 1968. Pettigrew’s career continues a focus upon intergroup relations, prejudice, intergroup contact and relative deprivation. He has been an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Social Issues, and the Journals: Integrated Education, the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Phylon, Education and Urban Society, Race, Policy Studies, Political Behavior (plus six other journals; he is currently an on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the 21st Century Afro Review, the International Journal of Conflict and Violence (Germany) and a number of other Journals. He has been a consultant for the U.S. Office of Education and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and for State Education Departments in California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, and for various organizations including Abt Associates in Cambridge, ETS in Princeton, The Rand Corporation in Santa Monica and the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation in New York City, among many others. Thomas Pettigrew’s resume covers 40 single-spaced pages (forty! not a typo) of single spaced pages of books and refereed journal articles. An early practitioner of public sociology, he prepared a 15 show course for National Educational Television, WBGH-TV and Harvard University titled “Epitaph for Jim Crow: The Dynamics of Desegregation”. He has been an expert witness in three key public school desegregation cases and a court appointed expert in a key case involving the Los Angeles public Schools (Crawford v. LA Unified School District). He has 10 papers currently in press or under review and at least four papers in preparation.