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Kenneth C. Land

Estes-Sirgy About the Authors LandKenneth C. Land holds a PhD in sociology and mathematics, University of Texas, Austin, 1969. He did postdoctoral work in mathematical statistics at Columbia University in New York City and was a staff member of the Russell Sage Foundation for 3 years. He taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Texas, Austin before joining the Duke University Sociology Department as Chair (January 1986–August 1997) and John Franklin Crowell Professor (1990–2014). In July 2014, he became Professor Emeritus and Research Professor in the Duke Social Science Research Institute. His 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. He was 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), the American Society of Criminology (2004), and, in 2014, was elected to the Southern Sociological Society Roll of Honor. He directs the Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI) Project, which produces periodic studies and annual reports on trends in the well-being of America’s children and youth. E-mail:
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