Robert J. Sampson
Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative at the
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Research Interests: Crime, law, and deviance; neighborhood effects; community/urban; sociology of the city; the life course.
Robert J. Sampson is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He taught at the University of Chicago for twelve years before joining the Harvard faculty in 2003. Former President of the American Society of Criminology, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2011, he received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. Professor Sampson’s research focuses on crime, urban inequality, the life course, neighborhood effects, civic engagement, and the social structure of the contemporary city. The paperback edition of his most recent book—Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect—was published in 2013 by the University of Chicago Press.