Director's Note

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Director's Note


Greetings MMS students and faculty!

May you have had a restful, rejuvenating, and if working, a productive Spring Break.

Markets and Management Studies at Duke is now in its 26th year.  We enroll over 600 Duke undergraduates, who are pursuing over 30 different Duke majors.  This coming May, we will graduate our 4000th certificate awardee.  You are part of a long, well-established tradition.  As usual, if you have suggestions on ways in which we can improve the Program please share them with me, our Associate Director, Dr. Martha Reeves, or members of our Steering Committee. The current Steering Committee members are: Bonnie Wilson, MMS; Evan Jones, DUMAC; Tony Brown, Public Policy; Deb Reisinger, Romance Language; Wayne Norman, Philosophy; Lisa Keister, Sociology; Rebecca Bach, Sociology; Bai Gao, Sociology; Gary Gereffi, Sociology; Zeynep Inan, student; Lucy Cao, student.

It is a pleasure to bring to your attention several recent Program developments.


  • We recently did a full makeover of our website (check it out at: It is more streamlined, easier to navigate, and features a new section that profiles alumni and alumna of the Program. It includes links to our Facebook and Twitter page/feed.
  • Our bi-weekly newsletter is new. It aims to increase communication among those in the Program, and foster a greater sense of community, including outside of the classroom. Program Assistant, Ms. Haley Warren, ably edits the newsletter. Please contact her to add information or offer announcements of speakers or events.
  • Our Steering Committee recently approved two new MMS electives, to be offered next academic year. They are: RUS 185, Global Russia, taught by Professors Edna Andrews and Michael Newcity; and, PPS 598.01, Economic Growth and Development Policy, taught by Professor Fernando Fernholz.
  • We were proud to be a co-sponsor of the recent Duke Library Party, co-organized by the Duke Marketing Club. As you know, the party is among Duke’s largest, and the Marketing Club is among the more active ones at Duke.
  • Finally, it is a pleasure to announce that the new Director of Markets and Management Studies, effective July 1, 2017 will be Dr. Martha Reeves. She has been with MMS since 2003, and has expertise in various areas of marketing, industrial relations, and gender and work organizations. Join me in welcoming Dr. Reeves!

We are delighted to have you all as part of our community.  Best wishes for the remainder of the semester.

Ken Spenner

Professor of Sociology & Psychology