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Boston Area Research Initiative
Presentation by Dr. Robert Sampson and Dr. Christopher Winship.
Room S354, CGIS South Building.
Talk abstract to be announced.
Speaker bios: Robert J. Sampson is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, founding director of the Boston Area Research Initiative, and Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. He served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and taught at the University of Chicago before moving to Harvard. He also taught at the University of Illinois and was a Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. Professor Sampson's research and teaching cover a variety of areas including crime, disorder, the life course, neighborhood effects, civic engagement, inequality, "ecometrics," and the social structure of the city.
Christopher Winship is the Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology, and a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was a Professor of Sociology, Statistics, and Economics (by courtesy) at Northwestern University, and served as director of the Program in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences before he returned to Harvard in 1992. He is affiliated with the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and Harvard Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. He researches The Ten Point Coalition, a group of black ministers working with the Boston police to reduce youth violence; statistical models for causal analysis; effects of education on mental ability; causes of racial difference in performance at elite post-secondary institutions; and changes in the racial differential in imprisonment rates.
Lunch will be served.