Kenneth I. Spenner

Kenneth I. Spenner

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

External Address: 
268I Soc-Psych, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
Phone: 
(919) 660-5625

Overview

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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1977

Selected Grants

(95-0578) Collaborative Research: Organizational Adaption & Survival During Reform: A Panel Study of Bulgarian Enterpris awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1996

(94-0654) Collaborative Research on Organizational Adaptation and Survival During Reform: A Panel Study of Bulgarian Ent awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1995

(93-0090) Adaptation and Survival During Reform: A Panel Study of Bulgarian Enterprises awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1994

(90-0020) Managers, Technology, and Jobs: Comparative Research awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1989 to 1990

Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance, L. P., et al. The Changing Nature of Work: Implications for Occupational Analysis. National Academy of Sciences Press, 1999.

Spenner, K. I., et al. Career Lines and Careers. Lexington Books., 1982.

Call, V. R. A., et al. Tracking Respondents: A Multi-method Approach. Lexington Books, 1982.

Otto, L. B., et al. Design for a Study of Entry into Careers. Lexington Books, 1981.

Spenner, K. I. “Personality and social structure..” The Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by Edgar F. Borgatta, New York: Macmillan, 2000.

Spenner, K. I. “Technological change and deskilling..” International Encyclopedia of Sociology of Education, edited by L. Saha, Oxford, England: Elsevier, 1997.

Spenner, K. I. “Technological change, skill requirements and education: The case for uncertainty.” The New Modern Times: Factors Reshaping the World of Work, edited by D. Bills, Albany: SUNY Press, 1995, pp. 81–138.

Spenner, K. I. “Technological change and deskilling..” International Encyclopedia of Education, edited by M. Carnoy and H. Levin, Oxford, England: Elsevier, 1994.

Spenner, K. I. Technological change, skill requirements and education: the case for uncertainty. Edited by R. M. Cyert and D. C. Mowery, New York: Ballinger, 1988, pp. 131–84.

Rosenfeld, R., and K. I. Spenner. “Women’s work and women’s careers: a dynamic analysis of work identity in the early lifecourse.” Social Structures and Human Lives, edited by M. Riley, Beverly Hills: Sage, 1988, pp. 285–305.

Spenner, K. I. “Technological change, skill requirements and education: the case for uncertainty..” The Economic and Employment Effects of Technological Change, edited by R. M. Cyert and D. C. Mowery, New York: Ballinger, 1988, pp. 131–84.

Spenner, K. I. “Occupational characteristics and classification systems: new uses of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles in social research..” Social Measurement: Current Issues., edited by G. W. Bohrnstedt and E. F. Borgatta, Beverly Hills, CA: Sage, 1981.

Arcidiacono, P., et al. Does affirmative action lead to mismatch? A new test and evidence. 1 Nov. 2011, pp. 303–33. Scopus, doi:10.3982/QE83. Full Text

Martin, N. D., et al. “A Test of Leading Explanations for the College Racial-Ethnic Achievement Gap: Evidence from a Longitudinal Case Study.” Research in Higher Education, vol. 58, no. 6, Sept. 2017, pp. 617–45. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11162-016-9439-6. Full Text

Freeland, R. E., et al. “I Gave at the Campus: Exploring Student Giving and Its Link to Young Alumni Donations After Graduation.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, vol. 44, no. 4, Jan. 2015, pp. 755–74. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0899764014529625. Full Text

Martin, N. D., et al. “Interracial friendships across the college years: Evidence from a longitudinal case study.” Journal of College Student Development, vol. 55, no. 7, Jan. 2014, pp. 720–25. Scopus, doi:10.1353/csd.2014.0075. Full Text

Arcidiacono, P., et al. “Racial segregation patterns in selective universities.” Journal of Law and Economics, vol. 56, no. 4, Nov. 2013, pp. 1039–60. Scopus, doi:10.1086/674056. Full Text

Arcidiacono, P., et al. “What happens after enrollment? An analysis of the time path of racial differences in GPA and major choice.” Iza Journal of Labor Economics, vol. 1, no. 1, Dec. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1186/2193-8997-1-5. Full Text

Spenner, Kenneth I. “Education and Jobs: Exploring the Gaps.” Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, vol. 39, no. 4, SAGE Publications, July 2010, pp. 463–65. Crossref, doi:10.1177/0094306110373238dd. Full Text

Martin, N. D., and K. I. Spenner. “Capital conversion and accumulation: A social portrait of legacies at an elite university.” Research in Higher Education, vol. 50, no. 7, Nov. 2009, pp. 623–48. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11162-009-9136-9. Full Text

Spenner, and K. A Social Portrait of College Legacy Admissions.. American Sociological Association, 2008.

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

Pages

Spenner, K. I., and R. A. Rosenfeld. “Women, work, and identities.” Social Science Research, vol. 19, no. 3, 1990, pp. 266–99. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0049-089X(90)90010-G. Full Text

Spenner, K. I. “Managers, technology and jobs: paradox and similarity between East and West..” Managing in a Global Economy: Proceedings of the Third International Conference of the Eastern Academy of Management, vol. 3, 1989, pp. 102–06.

Spenner, and K. Final Report of the Panel on the Department of Defense Human Capital Strategy. RAND Corporation, 2008, pp. 1–47.