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.
Spenner, K. I., C. Buchmann, and L. R. Landerman. “THE BLACK-WHITE ACHIEVEMENT GAP IN THE FIRST COLLEGE YEAR: EVIDENCE FROM A NEW LONGITUDINAL CASE STUDY.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 22 (December 1, 2004): 187–216. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0276-5624(04)22007-8. Full Text
Spenner, KI. "Reflections on a 30-year career of research on work and personality by Melvin Kohn and colleagues." SOCIOLOGICAL FORUM 13, no. 1 (March 1998): 169-181. Full Text
Spenner, K. I., and D. C. Jones. “Social economic transformation in Bulgaria: An empirical assessment of the merchant capitalism thesis.” Social Forces 76, no. 3 (January 1, 1998): 937–65. https://doi.org/10.1093/sf/76.3.937. Full Text
Spenner, K. I., S. A. Thore, K. C. Land, O. O. Suhomlinova, and D. C. Jones. “Strong legacies and weak markets: Bulgarian state-owned enterprises during early transition.” American Sociological Review 63, no. 4 (January 1, 1998): 599–617. https://doi.org/10.2307/2657270. Full Text
Spenner, K. I. “Review of Gerontographics: Life-Stage Segmentation for Marketing Strategy Development by G Moschis.” Contemporary Gerontology, 1997.
Spenner, K. I. “Reviews of The Vulnerable Fortress: Bureaucratic Organization and Management in the Information Age by J. R. Taylor and E. J. Van Every, and Computers and Culture in Organizations: The Introduction and Use of Production Control Systems in French, Italian, and German Enterprises by M. Heidenreich.” Contemporary Sociololgy, March 1994.
Rosenfeld, R. A., and K. I. Spenner. “Occupational Sex Segregation and Women's Early Career Job Shifts.” Work and Occupations 19, no. 4 (January 1, 1992): 424–49. https://doi.org/10.1177/0730888492019004005. Full Text
Spenner, K. I., and K. Petkov. “The effects of technology on the quality and quantity of work: similarities between East and West..” Journal of Managerial Issues 4 (1992): 533–53.
Spenner, K. I. “Review of Social Structure and Self-Direction: A Comparative Analysis of the United States and Poland by M. L. Kohn and K. M. Slomczynski.” American Journal of Sociology, November 1991.