Robert Granfield is associate professor of sociology and research associate at the Research Institute on Addiction at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his BA in sociology from the University of Massachusetts and his MA and PhD in sociology from Northeastern University. From 1989 to 2003, he held the positions of assistant and associate professor at the University of Denver.
Granfield has two major research foci: (a) the study of law and legal institutions with a particular emphasis on the legal profession, and (b) the sociology of alcohol and drug use with an emphasis on natural recovery from addiction and social norming prevention strategies in college and high school. He is particularly noted for his research on the value shift that occurs as law students pass through law school and out into the practice of law. He has recently received a grant to study pro bono legal work. He also has studied approaches to reducing college drinking and is currently funded to investigate efforts to reduce alcohol use at seven colleges in New York state.
Granfield is the author of over 50 scholarly articles and reviews. His four books are: Promoting Self-Change from Problem Substance Use: Practical Implications for Prevention, Policy and Treatment; Recovery from Addiction: Options in Treatment, Self-Help and Natural Recovery; Coming Clean: Overcoming Addiction Without Treatment; and Making Elite Lawyers: Visions of Law at Harvard and Beyond.