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. “Jobs across generations.” Career Education Quarterly 4 (1979): 34–38.
Spenner, K. I., and D. L. Featherman. “Achievement Ambitions.” Annual Review of Sociology 4, no. 1 (August 1978): 373–420. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.so.04.080178.002105. Full Text
Haller, A., and K. I. Spenner. “Occupational income differentiation in status attainment.” Rural Sociology 42 (1977): 517–35.
Spenner, K. I. “Reply to Form.” American Sociological Review 41 (1976): 160–65.
Spenner, Kenneth I. “"The Internal Stratification of the Working Class": A Reanalysis.” American Sociological Review 40, no. 4 (August 1975): 513–513. https://doi.org/10.2307/2094437. Full Text
Fink, Edward L., Lucy D. Rey, Katrina W. Johnson, Kenneth I. Spenner, Donald R. Morton, and Estevan T. Flores. “The effects of family occupational type, sex, and appeal style on helping behavior.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 11, no. 1 (January 1975): 43–52. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0022-1031(75)80008-4. Full Text