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Latest updates:
  • Working paper (06/23/21): I uploaded my initial manuscript on sanctuary cities and ethno-racial stereotypes, completed in April 2019, to the SSRN working papers repository while I continue to revise and seek publication.
  • New publication (06/18/21): My paper on negative racial attitudes among fraternities and sororities in the U.S. was accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal, Sociological Inquiry. Manuscript in-press.
  • New project (06/04/21): I am finishing up a new paper examining the political antecedents of recent anti-Asian American animosity using recently released longitudinal data. Results available on request.
  • 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.
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.