Sam Hanft is a senior research assistant at the Child Trends Hispanic Institute and in the reproductive health and family formation research area. Sam received a BA in sociology from Pomona College, where he partnered with community organizations to conduct quantitative and qualitative research on a range of youth-related topics, including urban education, interracial violence, substance use, food security, emergency assistance, and civic engagement. His research has been published in Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, and helped obtain a five-year Federal Drug Free Communities Grant for the Arlington READY Coalition and a USDA Community Food Projects Grant to found the Pomona Enterprise for Agriculture, Community, and Health.
Prior to joining Child Trends, Sam worked as a bilingual field interviewer for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and spent several years as a teacher and tutor. Sam’s current research interests include trauma, intimacy, and emotional well-being in adolescent relationships and the way these experiences vary across populations.