Latest updates:
  • New project (12/21/20): As more universities expand offerings on "racism and health," I've begun writing a paper tentatively titled, "Theories of Racism, Theories of Race, and Health." The manuscript reviews some of the major theoretical approaches across sociology, psychology, economics, and political science, with a particular focus on situating these theories within their appropriate level of analysis and time course (i.e. theories pertinent to the initiation of racial inequalities, theories pertinent to the reproduction/maintenance of racial inequalities, and theories pertinent to the defense/robustness of racial inequalities). My goal is to provide a theoretical road map to support lecturers teaching theory courses on Racism and Health. [Current progress: 15% complete; For lecturers doing course prep, here is my current outline).
  • Current Events (11/09/20): In 2011, before the "epidemic of despair" among whites captured the nation's attention, I identified an increased risk of psychiatric illness among some who disagree with multiculturalism. My initial research in 2011 was finally published in 2018 in PLOS One. In today's highly charged, divisive political environment with heightened risk of out-group hostility, I am re-posting the article again here.
  • Current Events (11/04/20): A 2014 article I wrote supported the argument that there is no monolithic Latina/o/x or Hispanic vote. My article in Ethnic and Racial Studies, "Segmented Political Assimilation: Perceptions of Racialized Opportunities and Latino Immigrants’ Partisan Identification," could help illuminate structural and social psychological factors that shaped Latinx voting variability in 2020.
  • Current Events (06/24/20): A 2016 article I wrote examined the links between physician distrust, distrust in science, social distrust, and anti-immigrant attitudes. My colleague Victor R. Thompson (Sociology, Rider University), author of "Thinking about Crime", pointed out that my article "Support for Immigration Reduction and Physician Distrust in the United States" may help provide context for recent immigration bans, including the J-1 visa that many immigrant doctors use to practice in the USA. Thank you Dr. Thompson for bringing this to my attention.
  • Current Events (re-post) (04/14/20): As our nation grapples with a pandemic deeply shaped by social inequalities, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation guest article I wrote in 2016 identified some of the structural mechanisms leading to the health inequities that are now more tragically exposed. Labor market and occupational discrimination have channeled minorities into high risk essential occupations, while residential discrimination and segregation have concentrated many minorities in urban neighborhoods where viral transmission is all but guaranteed.
  • New project (03/25/19): Co-authoring two new papers examining ethno-racial attitudes and relations in Los Angeles with Lawrence D. Bobo (Dean of Social Science and W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University) and Abel Valenzuela (Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Immigration Policy and Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UCLA).
  • Current Events (re-post) (03/24/19): As yet another race-related fraternity incident has taken place, I am re-posting a completed manuscript that identifies a temporal association between fraternity membership and increasingly negative attitudes towards blacks. Data come from the National Longitudinal Study of Freshmen collected by Penn sociologist Camille Charles and Princeton sociologist Doug Massey.
  • Media mention (12/11/18): My latest research on multiculturalism and psychiatric illness was featured in Pacific Standard.
  • New publication (06/12/18): Our article on social networks and psychiatric illness, written with my co-author Janet Chang (Psychology, West Chester University), was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Asian American Journal of Psychology.
  • New publication (06/07/18): Our review of the mental health and health care disparities literature, co-authored with Harvard Med professor Ben Cook's team at the Health Equity Research Lab, was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Medical Care Research and Review.
  • Field Scan (08/24/17): Our field scan on "The Intersection of the Criminal Justice, Education, and Mental Healthcare Systems and Its Influence on Boys and Young Men of Color," written with my co-authors Ben Cook, James Barrett, and Sherry Hou at Harvard Medical School and the Health Equity Research Lab, was released by Equal Measure and RISE for Boys and Men of Color.
Frank L. Samson is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at UCLA. His research areas 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, and a former affiliate of the Hiphop Archive at Stanford University (now housed at Harvard University). Currently, he is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Connections network and has consulted for the Health Equity Research Lab (Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School).

Dr. Samson's research has been published in a number of scientific journal outlets including the American Behavioral Scientist, Annual Review of SociologyAsian American Journal of Psychology, Comparative Education Review, Du Bois Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesMedical Care Research and Review, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Sage Open Medicine, and Social Science & Medicine.