Kenneth C. Land

Kenneth C. Land

John Franklin Crowell Professor Emeritus of Sociology

External Address: 
347 Soc-Psych, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
Phone: 
(919) 660-5615

Overview

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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 1969

Selected Grants

Life Course Process of Alzheimer's Disease: Sex Difference and Biosocial Mechanisms awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Co Investigator). 2017 to 2019

An Innovative Model to Predict Readmissions in Adults with Cardiovascular Disease awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2013 to 2018

Integrating Population and Basic Science in Cancer Research awarded by National Institutes of Health (Advisor). 2009 to 2015

Behavior And Physiology In Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1999 to 2015

New Methods of Studying Aging, Health and Longevity: Combining Longitudinal Data awarded by National Institutes of Health (Senior Investigator). 2009 to 2011

Constructal Theory of Social Dynamics awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2007

Academic Career Leadership Award awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2005

(96-0885) Social and Medical Demography of Aging awarded by National Institute on Aging (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 2002

The Influence of Neighborhood, Peer, and Family Context: Trajectories of Offending Over the Life-Course awarded by National Institute Of Justice (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 2000

(97-0874) Collaborative Research on Semi-parametric Mixed Poisson Regression Models awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1995 to 1999

Pages

Yang, Yang, and Kenneth C. Land. Age-Period-Cohort Analysis New Models, Methods, and Empirical Applications. CRC Press, 2013.

Land, Kenneth C. The Well-Being of America's Children. Springer, 2012.

Land, K. C., et al. Handbook of social indicators and quality of life research. 2012, pp. 1–593. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-94-007-2421-1. Full Text

Wilcox, Pamela, et al. Criminal Circumstance: A Dynamic Multicontextual Criminal Opportunity Theory. New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 2003.

Land, K. C., and S. H. Schneider. Forecasting in the social and natural sciences.. 1987.

Land, Kenneth C., and Andrei Rogers. Multidimensional Mathematical Demography. NewYork: Academic Press, Studies in Population Series, 1982.

Juster, F. Thomas, and Kenneth C. Land. Social Accounting Systems: Essays on the State of the Art. New York: Academic Press, Studies in Population Series, 1981.

Land, Kenneth C., and Seymour Spilerman. Social Indicator Models. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1975.

Land, K. C. “Review of “Social Quality: From Theory to Indicators,” edited by Laurent J. G. van der Maesen and Alan Walker.” Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, vol. 43, 2014, pp. 102–03.

Land, K. C. “Population-Based Survey Experiments.” Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, vol. 41, no. 6, 1 Nov. 2012, pp. 822–23. Manual, doi:10.1177/0094306112462561s. Full Text

Michalos, Alex C., and Kenneth C. Land. “A Biography of Abbott L. Ferriss: Pioneer in Quality of Life and Social Indicators Research.” Applied Research in Quality of Life, 20 Oct. 2012. Manual, doi:10.1007/s11482-012-9197-3. Full Text

Land, Kenneth C. “Reviews of Web-Based Social Reports, Review 1: The United Kingdom’s Social Statistics.” Sinet: Social Indicators Network News, May 2011.

Land, Kenneth C. “Keys to Happiness From 100 Prominent Experts From Around the World.” Sinet: Social Indicators Network News, Mar. 2011.

Land, K. C. “Measuring Well-Being in the Netherlands.” Sinet: Social Indicators Network News, vol. 105, no. March, 2011.

Land, Kenneth C. “Japanese Sociologists on Passive Happiness.” Social Indicators Network News, 2010.

Land, Kenneth C. “Happiness and Psychological Capital as Resources for Work and Life.” Sinet: Social Indicators Network News, 2010.

Land, K. C. “A Human Development Report on America in the Early 2000s.” Sinet: Social Indicators Network News, vol. 104, no. November, 2010.

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Land, K. C. “Quality-of-life/social indicators research.” The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, vol. 2, 2017, pp. 105–18. Scopus, doi:10.1017/9781316418369.012. Full Text

Wilcox, P., and K. C. Land. “Social disorganization and criminal opportunity.” Challenging Criminological Theory: The Legacy of Ruth Rosner Kornhauser, vol. 19, 2017, pp. 237–58. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315081601. Full Text

Land, K. C., and V. L. Lamb. “Demography of Aging.” International Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2016, pp. 226–32. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00101-6. Full Text

Hernes, G., and K. C. Land. “Social Changes: Models.” International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition, 2015, pp. 192–98. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.32013-X. Full Text

Land, K. C. “Forecasting.” International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition, 2015, pp. 316–23. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.10544-6. Full Text

Lamb, V. L., and K. C. Land. “Worldwide view of child wellbeing.” Global Handbook of Quality of Life: Exploration of Well-Being of Nations and Continents, 2015, pp. 445–68. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-94-017-9178-6_19. Full Text

Land, K. C. “The human development index: Objective approaches (2).” Global Handbook of Quality of Life: Exploration of Well-Being of Nations and Continents, 2015, pp. 133–57. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-94-017-9178-6_7. Full Text

Land, K. C., et al. “Measuring Trends in Child Well-Being and Child Suffering in the United States, 1975-2013.” A Life Devoted to Quality of Life: Festschrift in Honor of Alex C. Michalos, edited by M. Filomena, Springer, 2015.

Michalos, A., et al. “Well-Being in Canada and the United States.” The History of Well-Being from Ancient to Modern Times, edited by R. J. Estes and M. J. Sirgy, Springer, 2015.

Land, K. C. “Quality-of-Life/Social Indicators Research.” Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, edited by K. Korgen, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Pages

Zang, Emma, et al. “Recent trends in US mortality in early and middle adulthood: racial/ethnic disparities in inter-cohort patterns..” International Journal of Epidemiology, Dec. 2018. Epmc, doi:10.1093/ije/dyy255. Full Text

Cummins, R. A., and K. C. Land. “Capabilities, Subjective Wellbeing and Public Policy: A Response to Austin (2016).” Social Indicators Research, vol. 140, no. 1, Nov. 2018, pp. 157–73. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11205-017-1763-5. Full Text

Tuttle, J., et al. “Latent Trajectories of Cross-National Homicide Trends: Structural Characteristics of Underlying Groups.” Homicide Studies, vol. 22, no. 4, Nov. 2018, pp. 343–69. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1088767918774083. Full Text

Zeng, Yi, et al. “Sex Differences in Genetic Associations With Longevity..” Jama Netw Open, vol. 1, no. 4, Aug. 2018. Pubmed, doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.1670. Full Text

Land, K. C., and A. C. Michalos. “Fifty Years After the Social Indicators Movement: Has the Promise Been Fulfilled?: An Assessment an Agenda for the Future.” Social Indicators Research, vol. 135, no. 3, Feb. 2018, pp. 835–68. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11205-017-1571-y. Full Text

Michalos, A. C., and K. C. Land. “Replies to Our Commentators.” Social Indicators Research, vol. 135, no. 3, Feb. 2018, pp. 1057–78. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11205-017-1550-3. Full Text

Fu, Q., et al. “A Poisson-multinomial mixture approach to grouped and right-censored counts.” Communications in Statistics  Theory and Methods, vol. 47, no. 2, Jan. 2018, pp. 427–47. Scopus, doi:10.1080/03610926.2017.1303736. Full Text

Fu, Q., et al. “Optimizing Count Responses in Surveys: A Machine-learning Approach.” Sociological Methods and Research, Jan. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0049124117747302. Full Text

Dollar, C. B., et al. “Age Structure and Neighborhood Homicide: Testing and Extending the Differential Institutional Engagement Hypothesis.” Homicide Studies, vol. 21, no. 4, Nov. 2017, pp. 243–66. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1088767917702474. Full Text

Pages

Manton, K. G., et al. “Human aging and mortality.” Constructal Theory of Social Dynamics, 2007, pp. 183–96.

Hagerty, M. R., and K. C. Land. “Constructing summary indices of quality of life: A model for the effect of heterogeneous importance weights.” Sociological Methods and Research, vol. 35, no. 4, 2007, pp. 455–96. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0049124106292354. Full Text

Land, K. C. “Social indicators for assessing the impact of the independent, not-for-profit sector of society.” Measuring the Impact of the Nonprofit Sector, edited by P. Flynn and V. A. Hodgkinson, SPRINGER, 2001, pp. 59–76.

Land, K. C. “Evaluation of the North Carolina Court Counselors' Intensive Protective Supervision Project.” Second Annual Evaluating Drug Control Initiatives: Conference Proceedings, National Institute of Justice, 1992, pp. 68–72.

Land, K. C. “Measurement Issues in Social Statistics.” Proceedings of the American Statistical Association: Sesquicentennial Invited Papers Session, American Statistical Association, 1989, pp. 201–13.

Land, K. C. “Methods for National Population Forecasts: A Critical Review.” Proceedings of the First Annual Research Conference, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1985, pp. 251–70.

McMillen, M. M., and K. C. Land. “Methodological Considerations in the Demographic Approach to Social Accounting.” 1979 Proceedings of the Social Statistics Section, American Statistical Association, American Statistical Association, 1980, pp. 200–05.

Land, K. C. “Notes on Social Indicators and Public Policy: Future Perpsectives.” Proceedings of the International Conference on the Future of Public Administration, Volume Iv: Planning and Forecasting in Public Organizations, Ecole National d’Administration Publique, 1980, pp. 1401–18.

Land, K. C. “Two Preliminary Models for the Analysis of Changes in a Social Indicator of Job Satisfaction.” 1974 Proceedings of the Social Statistics Section, American Statistical Association, American Statistical Association, 1975, pp. 1–7.

Land, K. C. “Some Problems of Statistical Inference in Dynamic Sociological Models.” 1970 Proceedings of the Social Statistics Section, American Statistical Association, American Statistical Association, 1971, pp. 21–25.

Land, K. C., et al. “Child Well-Being and Child Suffering: Cross-National Relationships to Human Development.” Sinet: Social Indicators Network News, no. February, 2015, pp. 1–6.

Land, Kenneth C. 2012 National Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI). New York: Foundation for Child Development, 2012.

Land, K. C., et al. “Violent Bullying Victimization in Middle and High School Contexts in the United States: A Social Report.” Sinet: Social Indicators Network News, no. May-August, 2012, pp. 1–11.

O’Hare, W. P., et al. “Differences in Child Well-Being Among U.S. States.” Sinet: Social Indicators Network News, no. November, 2012, pp. 6–10.

Fu, Qiang, et al. California Child and Youth Well-Being Index, 1995-2007: Trends, Changes and Projections to 2012. Palo Alto, CA: Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, 2009.

Land, Kenneth C. Special Focus Report: Trends in Infancy/Early Childhood and Middle Childhood Well-Being, 1994-2006. New York: Foundation for Child Development., 2008.

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