Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI)

Our Academic Ventures program leads the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI), which is an initiative sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in collaboration with the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the City of Boston.

BARI is dedicated to strengthening existing collaborations between the city and local colleges and univerisities to cross academic disciplines and administrative boundaries and develop new ways to connect

  • scholars;
  • policymakers;
  • practitioners; and
  • civic leaders. 

BARI is led by Harvard University faculty and program directors and faculty from Boston-area universities.  

You can join the Boston Area Research Initiative through the BARI website and

Join the network and learn more about our support for original urban research on the cutting edge of social science and public policy at www.bostonarearesearchinitiative.net

Robert J. Sampson

Photo by Kris Snibbe, Harvard Staff PhotographerPhoto by Kris Snibbe, Harvard Staff Photographer

Codirector of the Boston Area Research Initiative at the Radcliffe Institute and Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Robert J. Sampson has published widely in the areas of crime and deviance, the life course, neighborhood effects, and the social organization of cities. Much of this work stems from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, for which Sampson serves as scientific director. He is also engaged in a long-term study from birth to death of 1,000 disadvantaged men born in Boston during the Great Depression. Two books from this project—Crime in the Making: Pathways and Turning Points Through Life (Harvard University Press, 1993) and Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70 (Harvard University Press, 2003), both cowritten with John H. Laub—have received multiple scholarly awards.

Sampson is codirector of the Boston Area Research Initiative at the Radcliffe Institute and the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. Previously, he taught for 12 years in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago and for 7 years in his first faculty post at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sampson was also a senior research fellow at the American Bar Foundation and was twice a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. 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.

Christopher Winship

Photo by Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard Staff PhotographerPhoto by Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard Staff PhotographerCodirector of the Boston Area Research Initiative at the Radcliffe Institute, Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and member of the faculty at Harvard Kennedy School

Christopher Winship is a codirector of the Boston Area Research Initiative at the Radcliffe Institute, the Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the senior faculty at Harvard Kennedy School. He is a research associate at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and a faculty associate of Harvard’s Program on Science, Technology and Society.

Winship is the author of articles about various statistical and methodological issues, including the analysis of qualitative dependent variables and selection bias. His research has also focused on changes in the social and economic status of African Americans during the 20th century, particularly changes in youth unemployment, marital behavior, and prison incarceration. Another line of research has resulted in a series of articles critiquing the findings in The Bell Curve. Since 1994 he has studied the Ten Point Coalition, a group of black inner-city ministers, and their efforts with the Boston Police Department to deal with youth violence. He coauthored Counterfactuals and Causal Inference: Methods and Principles for Social Research (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Winship, who holds a PhD from Harvard University, held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin and a fellowship at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. He was a recipient of the 2011 Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award.