Recent News & Publications:
Sampson, Robert J. 2017. Urban Income Inequality and the Great Recession in Sunbelt Form: Disentangling Individual and Neighborhood-Level Change in Los Angeles. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 3(2), 102–128.
Sampson, Robert J. 2017. 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). See also, To Advance Sustainability, Fight Inequality, Harvard Gazette.
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 Economy. St. 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.
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. Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses compounded deprivation and criminal justice in The Atlantic. See The Black Family and Mass Incarceration.
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 Adulthood. ANNALS 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).
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 The Atlantic's CityLab website.
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 Records. Sociological Methodology 45: 101-147.
Hwang, Jackelyn and Robert Sampson. 2014. Divergent Pathways of Gentrification: Racial Inequality and the Social Order of Renewal in Chicago Neighborhoods. American Sociological Review 79: 726-751. See also:"A New View of Gentrification: Stark Findings in Google-enabled Study of Chicago Neighborhoods.” Harvard
"Notes on Neighborhood Inequality and Urban Design." Social Science Research Council: The Cities Papers.
The National Research Council has released "The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences." Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press (2014).
Now available--paperback edition of Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect published June, 2013
Division Street, USA. New York Times, October 26, 2013.
"When Disaster Strikes, It's Survival of the Sociable." Robert J. Sampson, Essay for "The Big Idea" Section, New Scientist (May 17, 2013)
Discover Magazine, "The Enduring Importance of Neighborhoods: A Sense of Trust is Key to Making Urban Neighborhoods Thrive." By Dan Hurley, April, 2013.
The Atlantic, "Kind Neighbors Are Scarce, but Important." By Lindsay Abrams, March 2013.
Symposium on "Great American City and the Future of Urban Studies." New York University, March 1, 2013. Click here for details.
The New York Times featured Great American City in a story about a neighborhood in Chicago under challenge: "Diagnosis: Battered but Vibrant." See also "Saving Chatham," "Chatham's Community Character," and the associated podcast "Hanging On in Chicago," January 8, 2013.
New articles in 2013: Sampson, Robert J. 2013. The Place of Context: A Theory and Strategy for Criminology's Hard Problems. Criminology 51: 1-31. See also Kirk, David S, and Sampson, Robert J. 2013. Juvenile Arrest and Collateral Educational Damage in the Transition to Adulthood. Sociology of Education 86: 36–62.
The Chronicle of Higher Education on "The Neighborhood Effect" (November 2012).
Chicago Magazine on "Homicide, Social Efficacy, and Poverty in Chicago" and "Does Segregation Make a City More Vulnerable to Crime?" (January 2013).
Chicago Ideas Week lecture on video: "Neighborhood Effects and the Contemporary City," October 9th, 2012.
The September 21st (2012) volume of Science Magazine has an article on the "Moving to Opportunity" experiment by Jens Ludwig et al. on "Neighborhood Effects on the Long-term Well-being of Low-Income Adults," and an accompanying "Perspectives" on "Moving and the Neighborhood Glass Ceiling," by Sampson. For access: Articles page.
For reviews, essays, and interviews about Great American City, click here.