Lisa A. Keister is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Duke University

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POSITIONS

2018-present Professor, Department of Sociology and Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University Faculty Affiliate of the Duke Network Analysis Center, the Asian Pacific Studies Institute, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences, and the Duke Population Research Institute

2019-present Co-Director, PROVE Data Replication Program, iiD (information initiative at Duke), Duke University

2019-present Deputy Director, Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke, Duke University

2015-present Director of Student Programs, Duke Network Analysis Center, Duke University

2013-present Bass Professor

2013-18 Gilhuly Family Professor, Department of Sociology, Duke University

2006-13 Professor, Department of Sociology, Duke University

2009-13 Director, Markets and Management Studies Program, Duke University

2007-09 Associate Director, Markets and Management Studies Program, Duke University

2009-10 Director, Duke Engage Portland, OR, Managing Environmental Organizations, Duke University

2006-07 Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

2005-06 Professor, Department of Sociology, Ohio State University Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Human Resource Research, Center for East Asian Studies, Institute for Population Research, John Glenn Institute for Policy Studies, and Mershon Center for International Security

2006 Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

2005 Associate Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Ohio State University

2002-04 Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology, Ohio State University

2001-04 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Ohio State University 2 1999-00 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Ohio State University

1997-99 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

EDUCATION

PhD, Sociology, Cornell University,1997

MA, Sociology, Cornell University,1995

AB, Duke University,1989

RESEARCH

Areas of Interest

Economic sociology
Inequality
Immigration
Religion
Organizations
Chinese economic transformation
Entrepreneurship

Research Focuses

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.