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.
Petkov, K., and K. I. Spenner. “The social organization and consequences of technological change: similarities between East and West..” Journal of Sociological Problems, 1991, 3–16.
Spenner, K. I., A. C. Kerckhoff, and T. A. Glass. “Open and closed education and work systems in Great Britain.” European Sociological Review 6, no. 3 (December 1, 1990): 215–36.
Spenner, K. I. “New Forms of Work Organization in Europe by P. Grootings, B. Gustavsen, and L. Hethy.” Contemporary Sociology, July 1990.
Spenner, K. I., and R. Rosenfeld. “Women, work and identities: an event history analysis..” Social Science Research 19 (1990): 266–99.
Spenner, K. I. “Review of Work Experience and Psychological Development Through the Life Span by Mortimer and Borman.” Contemporary Sociology, July 1989.
Spenner, K. I. “Perestroika Gorbachev’s Russia: Dramatic Times..” Window, 1989, 4–11.
Spenner, K. I. “Personality, work, and social stratification..” Edited by W Richard Scott. Annual Review of Sociology 14 (1988): 69–97.
Spenner, K. I. “Occupations, work settings and the course of adult development: tracing the implications of select historical changes..” Edited by P. Baltes, D. Featherman, and R. Lerner. Life Span Development and Behavior 9 (1988): 243–85.
Spenner, K. I. “Review of Beyond Mechanization by L. Hirschhorn.” Work and Occupations, November 1987.