Recent  News & Publications:

Sampson, Robert J. 2019. “Neighborhood Effects and Beyond: Explaining the Paradoxes of Inequality in the Changing American Metropolis.” Urban Studies 56: early online.

Nagin, Daniel S. and Robert J. Sampson. 2019  “The Real Gold Standard: Measuring Counterfactual Worlds That Matter Most to Social Science and Policy.”  Annual Review of Criminology 2: early online.

On 19 and 20 September, the conference 'Urban poverty and segregation in a globalized world' will take place.

The inaugural volume of the Annual Review of Criminology has just been published.

Sampson, Robert J. 2017. Urban Income Inequality and the Great Recession in Sunbelt Form: Disentangling Individual and Neighborhood-Level Change in Los AngelesRSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences3(2), 102–128.

Sampson, Robert J. 2017. Urban Sustainability in an Age of Enduring Inequalities: Advancing Theory and Ecometrics for the 21st-CenturyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  (Early online).   See also, To Advance Sustainability, Fight Inequality, Harvard Gazette.

The Persistent Inequality of Neighborhoods, by Richard Florida, The Atlantic CITYLAB, December 6, 2016.

Sampson, Robert J.  2016. Individual and Community Economic Mobility in the Great Recession Era: The Spatial Foundations of Persistent Inequality.  Pp. 261-287 in Economic Mobility: Research and Ideas on Strengthening Families, Communities and the EconomySt. Louis, MO: Federal Reserve Bank .

Sampson, Robert J. and Alix Winter. 2016. The Racial Ecology of Lead Poisoning: Toxic Inequality in Chicago Neighborhoods, 1995-2013.  DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race 13:2. See also, Toxic Inequality, Harvard Gazette.

Sampson, Robert J.  2016.  The Characterological Imperative: On Heckman, Humphries, and Kautz’s The Myth of Achievement Tests: The GED and the Role of Character in American Life.   Journal of Economic Literature 54(2): 493–513.   

Chicago’s Murder Problem, New York Times, May 27, 2016.

 White House Launches New MetroLab Network that Includes Collaboration Between the Boston Area Research Initiative and the City of Boston.

Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses compounded deprivation and criminal justice in The Atlantic. See The Black Family and Mass Incarceration.

Mixed-Income Neighborhoods and Inequality:

Perkins, Kristin L. and Robert J. Sampson. 2015.  Compounded Deprivation in the Transition to Adulthood: The Intersection of Racial and Economic Inequality among Chicagoans, 1995-2013."RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. 1 (1): 35-54.   See also: Electing to Ignore the Poorest of the Poor. By Eduardo Porter, New York Times, November 17, 2015.

Sampson, Robert J., Robert D. Mare, and Kristin L. Perkins.  2015.  Achieving the Middle Ground in an Age of Concentrated Extremes: Mixed Middle-Income Neighborhoods and Emerging AdulthoodANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 660: 156-174.

Sampson, Robert J. 2015.  Move Up or Out? Confronting Compounded Deprivation.   Discussion 15 in NYU’s The Dream Revisited series (with responses by Richard Florida, Rosanne Haggerty, and Michael Stoll).   

 See also:

Electing to Ignore the Poorest of the Poor. By Eduardo Porter, New York Times, November 17, 2015.

 Obama Administration to Unveil Major New Rules Targeting Segregation across U.S.  Washington Post, July 8, 2015.     

 Who Will Pay the Political Price for Affordable Housing?   New York Times, July 15, 2015.

 Chicago Public Radio (July 9, 2015), HUD Stepping up Efforts to Integrate Neighborhoods.


Sampson, Robert J. 2015.  Immigration and America’s Urban Revival.  American Prospect (July, 21-25).

See also:

            America’s Leading Immigrant Cities,  Atlantic CityLab.       

            Donald Trump: Wrong on Immigration and Crime.  Chicago Magazine.

            Trump and the Myth of Immigrant Crime.   Chicago Tribune, July 4, 2015.

Disorder and “Broken Windows:”

O’Brien, Daniel and Robert J. Sampson. 2015.  Public and Private Spheres of Neighborhood Disorder: Assessing Pathways to Violence Using Large-Scale Digital Records.   Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 52: 486-510.

See also: Private Conflict, Public Disorder, and Crime.  Pacific Standard.

O’Brien, Daniel, Robert J. Sampson, and Christopher Winship. 2015.  Ecometrics in the Age of Big Data: Measuring and Assessing ‘Broken Windows’ Using Large-scale Administrative RecordsSociological Methodology 45: 101-147.