Academician of RAS, Honored scientist of RF, Head of the Institute of the Sociology of Education of RAE. Moscow. Scientific interests: sociology of education, child, age and pedagogical psychology, psychology of art, ethnic psychology. Founder of a number of new directions in the sphere of sociology of education. Dr. Sobkin made a considerable contribution to the development of theoretical and applied aspects of sociology of education, social, age and pedagogical psychology. In particular, he developed methodological principles of multi-position sociological analysis of educational situation, put forward the hypothesis of the socio-cultural educational trajectories, researched the types of parental educational strategies. Author of 570 research works. A member of the Specialized Council on Thesis Defense in the Moscow State University D 501.001.95. The h-index in the Russian scientific citation index – 22.