Robert J. Sampson is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Chair of the Department of Sociology. Before joining Harvard he taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago for twelve years and before that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for seven years. Sampson was a Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation from 1994–2002, and in the 1997–98 and 2002–03 academic years he was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. Mr. Sampson is a New York product from birth to Ph.D.; he grew up in Utica, New York, and attended the State University of New York for his university degrees in two other distressed cities (Buffalo and Albany).