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Robert J. Sampson

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Joint appointment

Harvard University


MA/Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany; BA, State University of New York at Buffalo

Curriculum vitae


Robert J. Sampson is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, founding director of the Boston Area Research Initiative, and Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. He served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and taught at the University of Chicago before moving to Harvard. He also taught at the University of Illinois and was a Senior…

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Research focus

Crime, disorder, the life course, neighborhood effects, civic engagement, urban inequality, "ecometrics," and the social structure of the city.


Urban Sustainability in an Age of Enduring Inequalities: Advancing Theory and Ecometrics for the 21st-Century
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Early online)
Individual and Community Economic Mobility in the Great Recession Era: The Spatial Foundations of Persistent Inequality
Economic Mobility: Research and Ideas on Strengthening Families, Communities and the Economy.
The Racial Ecology of Lead Poisoning: Toxic Inequality in Chicago Neighborhoods, 1995-2013
DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race 13:2

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