Lisa A. Keister
Professor of Sociology
I do research in the areas of economic sociology, organizations and management, and social networks. I study organization and household behavior in both the U.S. and China, including work on organization strategy and the role that relations among organizations play in shaping strategy, household financial decision making, and business start-up. My work on business networks in China looks at relations among firms and how these shape firm performance, survival, and structure. I also do work on wealth accumulation and the factors that contribute to wealth disparities, including social networks, inheritance, religion, and inheritance.
Keister, LA. Getting rich: America’s new rich and how they got that way. January 1, 2005. Full Text
Keister, LA. Research in the Sociology of Work: Entrepreneurship. JAI Press, 2005.
Entrepreneurship. Ed. LA Keister. Greenwich, CT: Elsevier, 2005.
Keister, LA. Wealth in America. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Keister, LA. Chinese Business Groups: The Structure and Impact of Interfirm Relations During Economic Development. Oxford University Press, 2000.
Keister, LA. "Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women by Ching Kwan Lee." Social Forces 78 (1999): 377-78.
Keister, LA. "Parental Priorities and Economic Inequality by Casey Mulligan." Contemporary Sociology 28 (1999): 557-58.
Keister, LA. "Inheritance and Wealth in America by Robert K. Miller, Jr. and Stephen J. McNamee." Contemporary Sociology 27 (1998): 466-67.
Keister, LA. "Power Plays: Critical Events in the Institutionalization of the Tennessee Valley Authority by Richard Colignon." Social Forces 77 (1998): 801-802.
Keister, LA. "Wealth Distribution." The Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology. Ed. J Beckert and M Zafirovski. Routledge, 2006.
Keister, LA, and Moller, S. "Wealth Inequality in the United States." Social Stratification: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences. Ed. D Inglis and J Bone. London: Routledge, 2006. (Chapter)
Keister, LA. "Interfirm Relations in Business Groups: Group Structure and Firm Performance in China." Networks and Organizations During Transition. Ed. S Clegg and M Berrell. 2005.
Keister, LA. "Who Owns What? The Changing Distribution of Wealth." Intersecting Inequalities: Class, Race, Sex, and Sexuality. Prentice Hall, 2005.
Haveman, HA, and Keister, LA. "The Dynamics of Domain Overlap: Effects on Financial Performance, Growth, and Failure." Current Issues in Economic Sociology. Ed. F Dobbin. Princeton University Press, 2004.
Haveman, HA, and Keister, LA. "The effects of domain overlap and non-overlap on organizational performance, growth, and survival." The Sociology of the Economy. January 1, 2004. 228-264.
Keister, LA. "Wealth Distribution." Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology. Routledge, 2004.
Keister, LA, and Moller, S. "Wealth Inequality in the United States." New Developments in Economic Sociology. Ed. R Swedberg. Elgar Publishing, 2004.
Keister, LA. "Wealth Inequality." Encyclopedia of Social Issues. M.E. Sharpe, 2003.
Keister, LA, Benton, R, and Moody, J. "Lifestyles through Expenditures: A Case-Based Approach to Saving." Sociological science 3 (January 2016): 650-684. Full Text Open Access Copy
Freeland, RE, and Keister, LA. "How Does Race and Ethnicity Affect Persistence in Immature Ventures?." Journal of Small Business Management 54.1 (January 2016): 210-228. Full Text Open Access Copy
Keister, LA, Vallejo, JA, and Borelli, EP. "Mexican American Mobility: Early Life Processes and Adult Wealth Ownership." Social Forces 93.3 (March 1, 2015): 1015-1046. Full Text Open Access Copy
Keister, LA, and Eagle, D. "Religion and Inequality: The Role of Status Attainment and Social Balance Processes (In preparation)." Social Theory and Research 4.1 (2015): 41-74.
Borelli, EP, and Keister, LA. "Enduring Advantages: Explaining the Chinese and Indian Immigrant Wealth Advantage in the U.S." (2015).
"Financial Asset Ownership: The Case of Chinese and Indian Immigrants to the United States." Business and Economics Journal 06.04 (2015). Full Text Open Access Copy
Keister, LA, and Lee, HY. "The One Percent: Wealth and Income Concentration." Sociological Currents (March 2014). (Academic Article)
Keister, LA, and Lee, HY. "The one percent: Top incomes and wealth in sociological research." Social Currents 1.1 (January 1, 2014): 13-24. Full Text
Keister, LA, and Borelli, EP. "Market transition: An assessment of the state of the field." Sociological Perspectives 55.2 (June 1, 2012): 267-294. (Review) Full Text Open Access Copy
Keister, LA. "Is the Estate Tax a Modern Robin Hood?." The American Prospect (May 2001): 13-14. (Academic Article)
Keister, LA. "China’s Financial Market and the Asian Crisis." University of Michigan Center for Society and Economy Policy Newsletter 1 (2001). (Academic Article)
Keister, LA. "Friend or Foe? Business Groups During China's Economic Development." Chinese Business History (2001). (Essay)
Keister, LA. "Attitudes toward Inequality." New York Times Opinion Pages. (Editorial Comment)