Great American City


Distinguished Scholarly Book Award (2014), American Sociological Association

Hindelang Book Award (2014), American Society of Criminology

Robert E. Park Book Award (2013),  American Sociological Association, Community and Urban Sociology Section

  The William Alonso Memorial Prize (2013), North American Regional Science Association

Albert J. Reiss, Jr. Distinguished Scholarship Award (2013), American Sociological Association, Crime, Law and Deviance Section


Contemporary Sociology, Symposium (Volume 42, 2013): "Inheritance of Poverty or Inheritance of Place? The Emerging Consensus on Neighborhoods and Stratification," by Douglas S. Massey, and "Chicago as  Seen by the Chicago School’s Greatest Practitioner," by Lincoln Quillian (pp. 690-699).  American Sociological Association, click here.

City & Community: “Symposium on Robert J. Sampson's Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect (March 2013, 12:1-31).  Featuring essays by Nancy Denton, Claude Fischer, John Goering, John Hagan and Wenona Richmond-Ryder, and Robert J. Sampson.

Bursik, Robert J. Jr. 2013. Book Review, Theoretical Criminology 17: 428-30.

Timberlake, Jeff.  2013. Book Review, Journal of Urban Affairs 35: 385–92.

 Reifer, Thomas E. 2013.  “Review Essay: The Reassertion of Race, Space, and Punishment’s Place in Urban Sociology and Critical Criminology.”   Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 31: 372-380.

 Ludwig, Jens. 2013.  Book Review, Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect by Robert J. Sampson.. American Journal of Sociology Vol. 118, No. 5 (March 2013), pp. 1447-1449.

Massey, Douglas S. 2012.  "Location Matters" in Science 36: 35-36.

Tom Sugrue and Sudhir Venkatesh on Great American City. Public Books (September, 2012)

"Neighborhood as a Social Fact: Lessons from the Case of Chicago." Review by Roberta Gardner for Books and Ideas (September 2012).

Review by Laura Vaughan in LSE Review of Books (December, 2012)

Interviews, Features, and Lectures:

Podcast interview with the New York Times, "Hanging On in Chicago," January 8, 2013.  Associated with a story about a neighborhood in Chicago under challenge: “Diagnosis: Battered but Vibrant.”  See also "Saving Chatham"and "Chatham's Community Character."

"The Neighborhood Effect."  Featured essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education (November, 2012)

Chicago Ideas Week lecture on video: "Neighborhood Effects and the Contemporary City,"  October 9th, 2012.

"Next Great Idea: The Enduring Effect of Neighborhoods" Q and A with Richard Florida, Senior Editor at The Atlantic

Milt Rosenberg's "Extension 720"-- WGN, Chicago

"Neighborhood Watch," Q and A with John Buntin at Governing Magazine

"The Social Order of the American City: Lessons for Crime and Justice"  Interview with Michael Jacobson, Director of the Vera Institute of Justice

"Robert Sampson on The Neighborhood Effect" The Society Pages

NORC 70th Anniversary Celebration Keynote Address"
April 28th, 2011 at The University of Chicago

For other media stories click here


Other Books:

Sampson, Robert J. and John H. Laub. 1995. Crime in the Making: Pathways and Turning Points through Life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


Laub, John H. and Robert J. Sampson. 2006. Shared Beginnings: Delinquent Boys to Age 70. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Edited Books

Wikström, Per-Olof and Robert J. Sampson (Editors). 2006. The Explanation of Crime: Context, Mechanisms and Development.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Byrne, J.M. and Robert J. Sampson (Editors). 1986. The Social Ecology of Crime. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag Press.

Farrington, David P., Robert J. Sampson, and Per-Olof H.Wikström (Editors). 1993. Integrating Individual and Ecological Aspects of Crime. National Council for Crime Prevention Sweden.


Edited Volumes of THE ANNALS:

McDonald, John and Robert J. Sampson (Editors). 2012.  Immigration and the Changing Social Fabric of  American Cities. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Volume 641 (May). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

        See also: "Don't Shut the Golden Door: The Beneficial Impact of Immigration." New York Times, June 2012.

Massey, Douglas S. and Robert J. Sampson (Editors). 2009. The Moynihan Report Revisited: Lessons and Reflections afer Four Decades. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Volume 621 (January). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Sampson, Robert J. and John H Laub (Editors). 2005. Developmental Criminology and Its Discontents: Trajectories of Crime from Childhood to Old Age.  ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.  Volume 602, November.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.