Robert J. Sampson is Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Director of the Social Sciences Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He served as Chair of the Department of Sociology from 2005-2010 and taught at the University of Chicago for twelve years before moving to Harvard in 2003. He also taught at the University of Illinois and was Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation.
Sampson was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He was elected President of the American Society of Criminology for 2011-2012 and in June 2011 he and his colleague John Laub received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology.
Professor Sampson's research and teaching cover a variety of areas including crime, disorder, the life course, neighborhood effects, collective civic life, urban inequality, ecometrics, and the social structure of the city. He is the author of several books and numerous articles—see the links on this site to vita, selected papers, book descriptions, projects, data, classes, interviews, and media coverage. In February of 2012 the University of Chicago Press published Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect, the culmination of over a decade of research based on the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN), which Sampson served as Scientific Director. For an intellectual biography see the National Academy of Sciences (2008).