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

Bulgaria Appendix

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)

    2014     Bulgaria at the Crossroads KI Spenner and J Coenen-Huther. Contemporary Sociology , Vol. 27, No. 5 , 514-514

    2014     Occupational characteristics and classification systems: new uses of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles in social research. KI Spenner. GW Bohrnstedt and EF Borgatta. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage

    2014     Women’s work and women’s careers: a dynamic analysis of work identity in the early lifecourse R Rosenfeld and KI Spenner. M Riley. Beverly Hills: Sage , 285-305

    2014     Technological change and deskilling. KI Spenner. M Carnoy and H Levin. Oxford, England: Elsevier

    2014     Technological change, skill requirements and education: The case for uncertainty KI Spenner. D Bills. Albany: SUNY Press , 81-138


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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