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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
Phone: (919) 660-5625
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Fax: (919) 660-5623
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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)

    2015     I Gave at the Campus Freeland, RE; Spenner, KI; McCalmon, G. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly , Vol. 44, No. 4 , 755-774

    2014     Interracial Friendships Across the College Years: Evidence from a Longitudinal Case Study Martin, ND; Tobin, W; Spenner, KI. Journal of College Student Development , Vol. 55, No. 7 , 720-725

    2013     Racial Segregation Patterns in Selective Universities Arcidiacono, P; Aucejo, E; Hussey, A; Spenner, K. Journal of Law & Economics , Vol. 56, No. 4 , 1039-1060

    2012     What happens after enrollment? An analysis of the time path of racial differences in GPA and major choice Arcidiacono, P; Aucejo, EM; Spenner, K. IZA Journal of Labor Economics , Vol. 1, No. 1 , 5-5

    2010     Education and Jobs: Exploring the Gaps Spenner, KI. Contemporary sociology , Vol. 39, No. 4 , 463-465


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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