Robert Sampson, PhD

Henry Ford II Professor, Social Sciences

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

  • Director, Boston Area Research Initiative, Cambridge, MA

Robert J. Sampson is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. 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 and the American Philosophical Society. 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 June 2013 by the University of Chicago Press.

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