Robert J. Sampson is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative. He is an elected member of multiple professional societies, including the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences. He earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany.
Professor Sampson’s research is grounded in urban science and explores the different areas of the discipline. He has published articles on crime, neighborhood dynamics, and the social structure of the city, among other topics.
Sampson, Robert J., Robert D. Mare, and Kristin L. Perkins. “Achieving the Middle Ground in an Age of Concentrated Extremes Mixed Middle-Income Neighborhoods and Emerging Adulthood.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 660.1 (2015): 156-174.
Hwang, Jackelyn, and Robert J. Sampson. “Divergent Pathways of Gentrification: Racial Inequality and the Social Order of Renewal in Chicago Neighborhoods.” American Sociological Review 79.4 (2014): 726-751.
Sampson, Robert J., and Charles Loeffler. “Punishment’s Place: The Local Concentration of Mass Incarceration.” Daedalus 139.3 (2010): 20-31.