Kenneth I. Spenner
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
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.
(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., L. P. National Research Council, and L. P. et. al. The Changing Nature of Work: Implications for Occupational Analysis. National Academy of Sciences Press, 1999.
Spenner, K. I., L. B. Otto, and V. R. A. Call. Career Lines and Careers. Lexington Books., 1982.
Call, V. R. A., L. B. Otto, and K. I. Spenner. Tracking Respondents: A Multi-method Approach. Lexington Books, 1982.
Otto, L. B., V. R. A. Call, and K. I. Spenner. Design for a Study of Entry into Careers. Lexington Books, 1981.
Spenner, K. I. “Personality and social structure.” In The Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by Edgar F. Borgatta. New York: Macmillan, 2000.
Spenner, K. I. “Technological change and deskilling.” In 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.” In The New Modern Times: Factors Reshaping the World of Work, edited by D. Bills, 81–138. Albany: SUNY Press, 1995.
Spenner, K. I. “Technological change and deskilling.” In 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, 131–84. New York: Ballinger, 1988.
Rosenfeld, R., and K. I. Spenner. “Women’s work and women’s careers: a dynamic analysis of work identity in the early lifecourse.” In Social Structures and Human Lives, edited by M. Riley, 285–305. Beverly Hills: Sage, 1988.
Spenner, K. I. “Technological change, skill requirements and education: the case for uncertainty.” In The Economic and Employment Effects of Technological Change, edited by R. M. Cyert and D. C. Mowery, 131–84. New York: Ballinger, 1988.
Spenner, K. I. “Occupational characteristics and classification systems: new uses of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles in social research.” In Social Measurement: Current Issues., edited by G. W. Bohrnstedt and E. F. Borgatta. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage, 1981.
Martin, N. D., K. I. Spenner, and S. A. Mustillo. “A Test of Leading Explanations for the College Racial-Ethnic Achievement Gap: Evidence from a Longitudinal Case Study.” Research in Higher Education 58, no. 6 (September 1, 2017): 617–45. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11162-016-9439-6. Full Text
Freeland, R. E., K. I. Spenner, and G. McCalmon. “I Gave at the Campus: Exploring Student Giving and Its Link to Young Alumni Donations After Graduation.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 44, no. 4 (January 1, 2015): 755–74. https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764014529625. Full Text
Martin, N. D., W. Tobin, and K. I. Spenner. “Interracial friendships across the college years: Evidence from a longitudinal case study.” Journal of College Student Development 55, no. 7 (January 1, 2014): 720–25. https://doi.org/10.1353/csd.2014.0075. Full Text
Arcidiacono, P., E. Aucejo, A. Hussey, and K. Spenner. “Racial segregation patterns in selective universities.” Journal of Law and Economics 56, no. 4 (November 1, 2013): 1039–60. https://doi.org/10.1086/674056. Full Text
Arcidiacono, P., E. M. Aucejo, and K. Spenner. “What happens after enrollment? An analysis of the time path of racial differences in GPA and major choice.” Iza Journal of Labor Economics 1, no. 1 (December 1, 2012). https://doi.org/10.1186/2193-8997-1-5. 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 50, no. 7 (November 1, 2009): 623–48. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11162-009-9136-9. Full Text
Arcidiacono, Peter, Esteban M. Aucejo, Hanming Fang, and Kenneth I. Spenner. “Does Affirmative Action Lead to Mismatch? A New Test and Evidence,” April 2009.
Spenner, and K. “Within-College Human Capital and Racial Ethnic Differences in Academic Performance.,” 2008.
Spenner, and K. “A Social Portrait of College Legacy Admissions.,” 2008.
Bryant, A. Y., K. I. Spenner, N. Martin, and J. Sautter. “The Campus Life and Learning Project: A Report on the College Career. 95 pp. Durham, NC: Duke University,” 2007.
Spenner, K. I. “Managers, technology and jobs: paradox and similarity between East and West.” In Managing in a Global Economy: Proceedings of the Third International Conference of the Eastern Academy of Management, 3:102–6, 1989.