Robert Sampson

Robert J. Sampson is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, director of the Boston Area Research Initiative and former chair of the department of sociology at Harvard University. Before that he taught for twelve years in the department of sociology at the University of Chicago and seven years at the University of Illinois. Sampson was a Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation from 1994-2002, and in the 1997-8 and 2002-3 academic years he was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California.

Martin Sanchez-Jankowski

Martin Sanchez-Jankowski who directs the Center for Urban Ethnography taught at Wellesley College and the University of New Mexico before coming to Berkeley in 1984. He received his B.A. from Western Michigan University, MA from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and his Ph.D. for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in political science and economics. His research has focused on inequality in advanced and developing societies with a particular interest in the sociology of poverty.

Jason Schnittker

Jason Schnittker is professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and a research associate of the Population Studies Center. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Dayton. His long-term research interests reflect this training. In general, he is interested in the psychosocial determinants of health, with a particular focus on health disparities and person-environment interactions.

W. Richard Scott

W. Richard (Dick) Scott is professor emeritus in the department of sociology of Stanford University, with courtesy appointments in the Graduate School of Business, School of Education, and School of Medicine. He also served as the founding director of the Stanford Center for Organizations research (SCOR) - 1988-1996. He has spent his entire career at Stanford. After becoming Emeritus in 1999, he has been recalled by the Dean to active service, and continues to teach doctoral-level seminars in the Department.

Susan Shapiro

Sociologist Susan Shapiro is a research professor at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. Shapiro works at the intersection of fiduciary relationships and trust, on the one hand, and law and regulation, on the other. Her research has examined the role of law at the end of life, surrogate medical decision making, ethics, conflict of interest, the legal profession, securities fraud and regulation, white-collar crime, and the regulation of ?truth? in the news media.

Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology in the department of sociology at Harvard University. From 2005-2007, she served as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and from 2000-2006 she was director of the Center for American Political Studies. Her research focuses on the politics of U.S. social policies, and on changing patterns of civic engagement in American democracy.

Mark Suchman

Mark C. Suchman is a professor of sociology at Brown University. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School (1989) and a Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University (1994). His primary research interests center on the legal environments of organizational activity in general, and on the legal environments of entrepreneurship and technological change in particular. His Investigator Award project focuses on the many challenges that American hospitals face, as they apply new information technologies to their clinical operations.

Chris Uggen

Chris Uggen (pronounced You-Gun) is Distinguished McKnight Professor and chair of sociology at the University of Minnesota. His focus is crime, law, and deviance, believing that good science lights the way to a more just and safer world. His writing appears in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Criminology, and Law & Society Review and in media such as the New York Times, The Economist, and NPR. With Jeff Manza, he wrote Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy (Oxford, 2006).

Debra Umberson

Debra Umberson is a professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is also the director of the Population Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.

Mary Waters

MARY C. WATERS is the M.E. Zukerman Professor and former chair of Sociology at Harvard University, where she is also a faculty associate and steering committee member of the Center for Population and Development Studies and a member of the Executive Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Program. She has taught at Harvard since she received her PhD from U.C. Berkeley in 1986.