Sampson, Robert J. 1956-

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Sampson, Robert J. 1956-


Born July 9, 1956, in NY. Education: State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., 1977; State University of New York at Albany, M.A., 1979, Ph.D., 1983.


Office—Department of Sociology, Harvard University, William James Hall, 33 Kirkland St., Cambridge, MA 02138; fax: 617-496-5794. E-mail—[email protected]


Columbia University, New York, NY, senior staff associate, 1981-83; Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, postdoctoral fellow in urban and public affairs, 1983-84; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, assistant professor, 1984-88, associate professor of sociology, 1988-91; University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, professor of sociology, 1991-99, Lucy Flower Professor of Urban Sociology, 1997-2001, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor, 2001-02; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, 2003—, lecturer at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2003, Sol Levine Memorial Lecturer, 2004, department chair, 2005—. American Bar Foundation, research fellow, 1994-99, senior research fellow, 1999-2002; Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA, fellow, 1997-98, 2002-03. University of California, Davis, Edwin Lemert Lecturer, 2001; Rice University, lecturer at Baker Institute for Public Policy, 2002; University of California, Los Angeles, Ross Colloquium Lecturer, 2004; State University of New York at Albany, Lewis Mumford Memorial Lecturer, 2005; conference participant. University of California, Santa Barbara, member of scientific advisory board for Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science, 2000-03.


American Academy of Arts and Sciences (fellow), American Sociological Association (chair of Crime, Law, and Deviance Section, 2000-01; council member of Community and Urban Section, 2000-03), American Society of Criminology (executive counselor and board member, 1991-94).


Visiting summer scholar, National Center for Juvenile Justice, 1988; American Society of Criminology, Michael J. Hindelang Book Award, 1994, for Crime in the Making: Pathways and Turning Points through Life, and 2004, for Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70, and Edwin H. Sutherland Award, 2001; distinguished scholar award, Crime, Law, and Deviance Section, American Sociological Association, and outstanding book citation, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, both 1995, for Crime in the Making; American Sociological Association, Robert Park Award, 2000, for "Systematic Social Observation of Public Spaces," and Albert J. Reiss, Jr., Distinguished Book Award, 2005, for Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives; outstanding academic title selection, Choice, and outstanding book award citation, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, both 2005, for Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives; investigator award, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2005-08; grants from National Institute of Mental Health, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and Chicago Community Trust.


(With Thomas Castellano and John H. Laub) Juvenile Criminal Behavior and Its Relation to Neighborhood Characteristics, U.S. Government Printing Office (Washington, DC), 1981.

(Editor, with James M. Byrne, and contributor) The Social Ecology of Crime, Springer-Verlag (New York, NY), 1986.

(Editor, with David Farrington and Per-Olof Wilkström, and contributor) Integrating Individual and Ecological Aspects on Crime, National Council for Crime Prevention (Stockholm, Sweden), 1993.

(With John H. Laub) Crime in the Making: Pathways and Turning Points through Life, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 1993.

(With Gregory D. Squires and Min Zhou) How Neighborhoods Matter: The Value of Investing at the Local Level, American Sociological Association (Washington, DC), 2001.

(With John H. Laub) Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 2003.

(Editor, with Per-Olof Wikström, and contributor) Explaining Crime: Context, Development, and Mechanisms, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 2005.

Contributor to books, including Causes of Conduct Disorder and Serious Juvenile Delinquency, edited by Ben Lahey, Terrie Moffitt, and Avshalom Caspi, Guilford Press (New York, NY), 2003; Spatially Integrated Social Science, edited by Michael Goodchild and Donald Janelle, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2004; Poverty Traps, edited by Samuel Bowles, Steve Durlauf, and Karla Hoff, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 2005; Key Indicators of Child and Youth Well-Being, edited by Brett Brown and Kristin Anderson Moore, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005; and The Many Colors of Crime: Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America, edited by Ruth D. Peterson, John Hagan, and Lauren J. Krivo, New York University Press (New York, NY), 2006.

Contributor to professional journals, including Mobilization, American Journal of Public Health, Social Psychology Quarterly, Atlantic Monthly, New Economy, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Research in Human Development, Sociological Methodology, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and American Journal of Sociology. American Journal of Sociology, assistant editor, 1981-84, associate editor, 1993-96; associate editor, Law and Society Review, 2000-03; special coeditor, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, November, 2005. Member of editorial board, American Journal of Sociology, 1991-2003, Social Forces, Law and Society Review, 1997-2000, and Contexts, Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Theoretical Criminology, all 2000—.

Some of Sampson's writings have been translated into Chinese.



American Journal of Sociology, May, 2005, William Chambliss, review of Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70, p. 1811.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, April, 2005, Tara Renae McGee, review of Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives, p. 151.

Social Forces, June, 2005, Megan M. Sweeney, review of Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives, p. 1767.


Harvard University Web site: Robert J. Sampson Home Page, (April 18, 2006).

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