Frank L. Samson, Ph.D.


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Research Ideas

  • Frank L. Samson's areas of research include race and ethnic relations, social inequalities, and social, political, and health psychology. He received his interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Cybernetics (Life and Behavioral Sciences concentrations) from UCLA, with additional specializations in Education and Business Administration, a Master of Theological Studies degree (area focus: ethics and society) from Harvard University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. He is a former fellow of the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California, and Stanford University’s Research Institute for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, a former affiliate of the Hiphop Archive at Stanford University (now housed at Harvard University), and a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Connections network.

    Dr. Samson's research has been published in a number of peer-reviewed outlets, including American Behavioral Scientist, Comparative Education Review, Du Bois Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Social Science & Medicine. A variety of national media outlets have covered his research, including Inside Higher Ed, Huffington Post, Scientific American, The Atlantic, and Slate, as well as featured video coverage on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes and The Young Turks.

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Stanford University, 2009
  • M.A., Sociology, Stanford University, 2001
  • M.T.S., Theological Studies (Ethics and Society), Harvard University, 2000
  • B.S., Cybernetics, University of California - Los Angeles, 1996

  • Continuing Education
  • Translational Health Disparities, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
        [AMA credit]

  • Race and ethnic relations; inequality; social, political, and health psychology


Under review

  • Samson, Frank L.  Under review. Manuscript on psychological distress.
  • Samson, Frank L.  R&R (3rd review). Manuscript on physician distrust.

Ongoing projects

  • Clinical outcomes of biventricular versus single-chamber ventricular pacing (cardiologist co-author)
  • Depression/anxiety outcomes tied to social networks (psychologist co-author)

A "highly atypical" manuscript review

  • Samson, Frank L.  "Does Immigration Concern Mediate the White/Non-White Difference in Smoking? Cross sectional evidence from the 2006 Portraits of American Life Study, 2012 General Social Survey, and 2012 American National Election Study."     Original submission || Revised submission

    • Samson, Frank L.  2015. “Perceived Group Competition and Charitable Giving: Racial Prejudice Affect as a Mediating Factor.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly  Published online before print. Link
    • Kohn-Wood, Laura P., Frank L. Samson, and Jomills H. Braddock.  2015. “Race, Social Identity and Generative Spaces: Miami as a Microcosm of Categorical Complexity in a 21st-Century Global City.” American Behavioral Scientist  59(3):386-405. Link
    • Samson, Frank L.  2015. “Racial Resentment and Smoking.” Social Science & Medicine  126:164-168.  Link  || PubMed Link
    • Samson, Frank L.  2015.  "Asian American Attitudes towards a U.S. Citizenship Path for Illegal Immigrants: Immigration Reform as Racialised Politics."  Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies  41(1):117-137. Link
    • Samson, Frank L. and Lawrence D. Bobo.   2014.  "Ethno-Racial Attitudes and Social Inequality."  Chapter 21 (Pp. 515-545) of The Handbook of the Social Psychology of Inequality, edited by Jane D. McLeod, Edward J. Lawler, and Michael Schwalbe. New York: Springer. Link
    • Samson, Frank L.  2014.  "Segmented Political Assimilation: Perceptions of Racialized Opportunities and Latino Immigrants' Partisan Identification."  Ethnic and Racial Studies  37(3):467-495. Link
    • Samson, Frank L.  2013.  "Altering Public University Admission Standards to Preserve White Group Position in the United States."  Comparative Education Review  57(3):369-396. (Lead article) Link
      • 2015. Reprinted in Fair Access to Higher Education: Global Perspectives, edited by Anna Mountford-Zimdars, Daniel Sabbagh, and David Post. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.  Link
    • Samson, Frank L.  2013.  "Multiple Group Threat and Malleable White Attitudes towards Academic Merit."  Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race  10(1):233-260. Link
    • Samson, Frank L.  2012.  "Perceptions of Racialized Opportunities and Hispanics' Political Attitudes: Predicting Support for School Vouchers and Government Intervention in Health Care."  American Behavioral Scientist  56(11):1524-1563. Link
    • Samson, Frank L.  2012. "Race and the Limits of American Democracy: African Americans from the Fall of Reconstruction to the Rise of the Ghetto."   Chapter 3 (Pp. 71-122) of The Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship, 1865-Present, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. et al. New York: Oxford University Press.  Link


    • Principal Investigator. 2012. “Symbolic Nativism and Civic Engagement in the United States.” (Provost Research Award, University of Miami: $16,990)
    • Principal Investigator. 2010. “Hispanics and the Political Psychology of Race.” (Provost Research Award, University of Miami: $14,589)
    • Co-Principal Investigator (with David Grusky). 2008. “Admissions and Success in Education and the Labor Market.” (Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation: $7,500)