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

Kenneth I. Spenner
Contact Info:
Office Location:  268I Soc-Psych, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5625
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Ph.D.University of Wisconsin at Madison1977
M.A.University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN1973
B.A.Creighton University, Omaha, NE (cum laude)1972
Research Interests:

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.

Areas of Interest:

Social Organization,
Social Psychology
Organizational Change
Market Transitions

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Nathan D. Martin
  • Idee C. Winfield
  • Victor Machuca
  • Christine E. Cox
  • Olga Suhomlinova
Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Martin, ND; Spenner, KI; Mustillo, SA (2017). A Test of Leading Explanations for the College Racial-Ethnic Achievement Gap: Evidence from a Longitudinal Case Study. Research in Higher Education, 58(6), 617-645. [doi]
  2. Freeland, RE; Spenner, KI; McCalmon, G (2015). I Gave at the Campus. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 44(4), 755-774. [doi]
  3. Martin, ND; Tobin, W; Spenner, KI (2014). Interracial Friendships Across the College Years: Evidence from a Longitudinal Case Study. Journal of College Student Development, 55(7), 720-725. [doi]
  4. Arcidiacono, P; Aucejo, E; Hussey, A; Spenner, K (2013). Racial Segregation Patterns in Selective Universities. The Journal of Law & Economics, 56(4), 1039-1060. [doi]
  5. Arcidiacono, P; Aucejo, EM; Spenner, K (2012). What happens after enrollment? An analysis of the time path of racial differences in GPA and major choice. Iza Journal of Labor Economics, 1(1), 5-5. [doi]

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