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Kenneth C. Land, John Franklin Crowell Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Kenneth C. Land


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Kenneth C. Land
John Franklin Crowell Distinguished Professor Emeritus

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Office: 347 Soc-Psych, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-5615
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Fax: (919) 660-5623
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Areas of Interest:

Mathematical Sociology,
Statistical Methods,
Crime, Law and Deviance,
Social Indicators and Quality-of-Life Measurement
I received my Ph.D. in sociology and mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969. After a year of postdoctoral study in mathematical statistics at Columbia University in New York City, I taught there and was a member of the staff of the Russell Sage Foundation for three years. I then was successively a member of the faculties of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the University of Texas at Austin before joining the Duke Sociology Department as Chairman in 1986. I served as Chair of Sociology from January 1986 to August 1997. My main research interests are contemporary social trends and quality-of-life measurement, social problems, demography, criminology, organizations, and mathematical and statistical models and methods for the study of social and demographic processes. I have done extensive research in each of these areas and have been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (1978), the Sociological Research Association (1981), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1992), the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (1997), and the American Society of Criminology (2004). I teach Contemporary Social Problems (SOCIOL 111), Advanced Methods of Demographic Analysis, and the Demography of Aging Proseminar (SOCIOL 750S). My other interests include tennis, jogging (10 kilometers), and music. 

Selected Publications/Recent Research:

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  • Song, X; Zang, E; Land, KC; Zheng, B, Intergenerational income mobility table revisited: A trajectory group perspective, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, vol. 80 (August, 2022) [doi]  [abs].
  • Shi, C; Land, KC, The Data Envelopment Analysis and Equal Weights/Minimax Methods of Composite Social Indicator Construction: a Methodological Study of Data Sensitivity and Robustness, Applied Research in Quality of Life, vol. 16 no. 4 (August, 2021), pp. 1689-1716 [doi]  [abs].
  • Fu, Q; Guo, X; Jeon, SY; Reither, EN; Zang, E; Land, KC, THE USES AND ABUSES OF AN AGE-PERIOD-COHORT METHOD: ON THE LINEAR ALGEBRA AND STATISTICAL PROPERTIES OF INTRINSIC AND RELATED ESTIMATORS., Mathematical Foundations of Computing, vol. 4 no. 1 (February, 2021), pp. 45-59 [doi]  [abs].
  • Tuttle, J; McCall, P; Land, K, The crime decline in cross-national context: a panel analysis of homicide rates within latent trajectory groups, Global Crime, vol. 22 no. 3 (January, 2021), pp. 240-264 [doi]  [abs].
  • Fu, Q; Guo, X; Land, KC, Optimizing Count Responses in Surveys: A Machine-learning Approach., Sociological Methods & Research, vol. 49 no. 3 (August, 2020), pp. 637-671, SAGE Publications [doi]  [abs].

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