Areas of Interest
Chinese economic transformation
PhD, Sociology, Cornell University,1997
MA, Sociology, Cornell University,1995
AB, Duke University,1989
Lisa Keister’s CV
I am an economic sociologist who studies wealth inequality (particularly in the United States) and organizations (particularly in China). Both research agendas explore the emergence of social structure and the subsequent effect of social structure on the behaviors of actors. Some of my recent work has looked at the one percent of wealth owners, religion and inequality, immigrant wealth ownership, Chinese American attainment, and business networks in China. My work on wealth includes research into the growing concentration of wealth and the factors that affect wealth accumulation over the life course. For example, I have studied the role that contemporary work arrangements, religious affiliation, and immigration play in shaping wealth ownership and other SES outcomes. I also study business networks, including relations among firms in China and how these shape firm performance, survival, and structure.