Alfred Sampson earned his BA in Sociology from Howard University in
He then completed an MA in Urban Affairs from The University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1973 he was awarded the PhD in Sociology from Johns
Hopkins University. He was an Assistant, and then Associate Professor at
Northwestern University for 17 years. He served as President of Chicago United,
a major non-profit organization founded by Chicago’s business elite to address
issues surrounding race and poverty. He has been at DePaul since 1997, and a Full
Professor since 2006.
research interests include: the variables that impact student academic
performance with an emphasis upon race and class; and the role of race and
class in the housing market. His books include: Black and Brown: Race,
Ethnicity, and School Preparation; Race, Class, and Family Intervention; Poor
Latino Families and School Preparation; and Narrowing the Achievement Gap. A
new book, Chicago Charter Schools: The Hype and The Reality, was published
in the Spring of 2016.
Sampson has served on the Faculty Council, and was twice elected to the
University Promotion and Tenure Board. He is currently the Chair of the Public
Policy Studies Department.