Kenneth C. Land

John Franklin Crowell Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology
Co-Director of the Biodemography of Aging Research Unit within DUPRI
Research Professor in the Social Science Research Institute
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging

I received my Ph.D. in sociology and mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969. After a year of postdoctoral study in mathematical statistics at Columbia University in New York City, I taught there and was a member of the staff of the Russell Sage Foundation for three years. I then was successively a member of the faculties of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the University of Texas at Austin before joining the Duke Sociology Department as Chairman in 1986. I served as Chair of Sociology from January 1986 to August 1997. My main research interests are contemporary social trends and quality-of-life measurement, social problems, demography, criminology, organizations, and mathematical and statistical models and methods for the study of social and demographic processes. I have done extensive research in each of these areas and have been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (1978), the Sociological Research Association (1981), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1992), the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (1997), and the American Society of Criminology (2004). I teach Contemporary Social Problems (SOCIOL 111), Advanced Methods of Demographic Analysis, and the Demography of Aging Proseminar (SOCIOL 750S). My other interests include tennis, jogging (10 kilometers), and music.

Ph.D. 1969, University of Texas at Austin

Selected Publications

Zang, Emma, Hui Zheng, Yang Claire Yang, and Kenneth C. Land. “Recent trends in US mortality in early and middle adulthood: racial/ethnic disparities in inter-cohort patterns..” International Journal of Epidemiology 48, no. 3 (June 2019): 934–44.
Zeng, Yi, Huashuai Chen, Xiaomin Liu, Zhihua Chen, Chen Bai, Zijun Song, Zhaoxue Yin, et al. “Genetic Associations with Longevity Are Stronger in Females than in Males - A Bio-Demographic Analysis Contributing to a Research Basis for Precision Healthcare,” March 4, 2019.
Cummins, R. A., and K. C. Land. “Capabilities, Subjective Wellbeing and Public Policy: A Response to Austin (2016).” Social Indicators Research 140, no. 1 (November 1, 2018): 157–73.
Tuttle, James, Patricia L. McCall, and Kenneth C. Land. “Latent Trajectories of Cross-National Homicide Trends: Structural Characteristics of Underlying Groups..” Homicide Studies 22, no. 4 (November 2018): 343–69.
Zeng, Yi, Chao Nie, Junxia Min, Huashuai Chen, Xiaomin Liu, Rui Ye, Zhihua Chen, et al. “Sex Differences in Genetic Associations With Longevity..” Jama Netw Open 1, no. 4 (August 2018).

Selected Grants

Life Course Process of Alzheimer's Disease: Sex Difference and Biosocial Mechanisms awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 2017 - 2019

Integrating Population and Basic Science in Cancer Research awarded by National Institutes of Health 2009 - 2015

Behavior And Physiology In Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health 1999 - 2015