Markets & Management Studies

  • Kenneth I. Spenner

  • Professor
  • Markets & Management Studies
  • 268I Soc-psych, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90088
  • Phone: (919) 660-5625
  • Fax: (919) 660-5623
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 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.
  • Other

    Bulgaria Appendix

    College Life & Learning

    Wave 1 (pre-college)
    Wave 2 (first year)
  • Research Description

    I received my B.A. from Creighton University, an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1977. Prior to coming to Duke in 1984, I was engaged in fulltime research at the Boys Town Center for the Study of Youth Development. My interests include social stratification, careers, organizations, and market transitions. I am currently conducting a multi-year panel study of state-owned and private manufacturing enterprises in Bulgaria during that country's transition to a market economy. I teach Markets and Marketing (SOC 158), Occupations, Professions, and Careers (SOC 165), and Markets and Management (SOC 190), the capstone course for the Markets and Management Program. In 1992, I was given the Howard Johnson Distinguished Teaching Award for my outstanding performance in the classroom.
  • Areas of Interest

    Stratification/Mobility,
    Organizations
    Social Psychology
    Technology
    Market Transitions
  • Teaching

    • MMS 450.01
      • MARKETS/MGMNT CAPSTONE
      • Allen 326
      • TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Sociology,
      • University of Wisconsin at Madison,
      • 1977
      • M.A.,
      • University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN,
      • 1973
      • B.A.,
      • Creighton University, Omaha, NE (cum laude),
      • 1972
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Contributions to Sociology Award,
      • North Carolina Sociological Association,
      • February, 2007
      • Fulbright Fellow,
      • Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences, Sophia, Bulgaria,
      • 1991 - 1992
      • Howard Johnson Distinguished Teaching Award (university-wide),
      • Duke University,
      • 0 1991
      • Listed, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in the South, Who's Who in America,
      • 0 1983
      • Design for a Study of Entry Into Careers,
      • CHOICE magazine (American Library Association) Outstanding Academic Book List,
      • 1982 - 1983
      • Listed, American Men and Women of Science,
      • 0 1978
      • U.S. Department of Labor Dissertation Grant,
      • 1976 - 1977
      • Methodology Traineeship,
      • Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin (Madison),
      • 1975-1976
      • Danforth Fellow,
      • 1972 - 1976
      • Phi Sigma Tau, National Honor Society in Philosophy,
      • 0 1972
  • Recent Publications

      • ND Martin and KI Spenner.
      • Accepted, 2009.
      • Capital Conversion and Accumulation: A Social Portrait of Legacies at an Elite University.
      • RESEARCH IN HIGHER EDUCATION
      • 50:
      • 623-648
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      • 2008.
      • American Sociological Association, 2008 (2 papers).
      • .
      • AK Spenner.
      • 2008.
      • A Social Portrait of College Legacy Admissions..
      • manual
      • .
      • AK Spenner.
      • 2008.
      • Within-College Human Capital and Racial Ethnic Differences in Academic Performance..
      • manual
      • .
      • AK Spenner.
      • 2008.
      • Final Report of the Panel on the Department of Defense Human Capital Strategy.
      • manual
      • 1-47
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  • PhD Students

    • Nathan D. Martin
      • Status: PostQual
    • Idee C. Winfield
      • 1988
      • Status: Graduated
      • Thesis: Power and the Professions: A Study of Career Lines in Canada
    • Victor Machuca
      • 1989
      • co-chair
      • Thesis: Stratification and Status Attainment in Mexico City
    • Christine E. Cox
      • 1993
      • Thesis: Employment Growth in the Temporary Help Supply Industry, 1977-87
    • Olga Suhomlinova
      • 1995
      • Status: Graduated
Kenneth I. Spenner
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