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Kenneth I. Spenner, Professor of Sociology and Psychology and Neuroscience

Kenneth I. Spenner


Short Description of Research Approach:

Kenneth I. Spenner
Professor of Sociology and Psychology and Neuroscience

Office Info

Office: 268I Soc-psych, Durham, NC 27708
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Fax: (919) 660-5623
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Curriculum Vita

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College Life & Learning

Wave 1 (pre-college)
Wave 2 (first year)
Campus Life and Learning

Areas of Interest:

Social Organization,
Social Psychology
Organizational Change
Market Transitions
My current research involves a multi-year panel study of racial and ethnic differences in academic performance. A substantial body of research documents a gap in performance among different groups, yet the reasons why are only partly clear. Our research design follows two cohorts of Duke University undergraduates, the incoming classes of 2001 and 2002, surveyed before coming to Duke and approximately, annualy thereafter until exit from Duke. Empirical comparisons examine differential in human, cultural and social capital, negative stereotyping and identity dynamics, social networks, and residential, social and academic climates as these evolve during the undergraduate years. 

Selected Publications/Recent Research:

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    2008     Final Report of the Panel on the Department of Defense Human Capital Strategy RAND Corporation , 1-47

    Accepted, 2008     “Capital Conversion and Accumulation: A Social Portrait of Legacies at an Elite University.” Research in Higher Education , Vol. 50, No. 7

    2008     “Within-College Human Capital and Racial Ethnic Differences in Academic Performance.” American Sociological Association (2 papers)

    2008     “A Social Portrait of College Legacy Admissions.” American Sociological Association

    2008     American Sociological Association, 2008 (2 papers)


Course Descriptions:

    Duke University. Spring & Fall 2012
  • Organizations and Global Competitiveness(SOC 142) Syllabus

  • Globalization and Development(Soc 730S-03) Syllabus


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