Lisa A. Keister
  • Lisa A. Keister

  • Gilhuly Family Professor of Sociology
  • Sociology
  • 268
  • Campus Box 90088
  • Phone: (919) 660-5624
  • Fax: 919-660-5623
  • Homepage
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Overview

    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.  
  • Specialties

    • Intellectual Interests
  • Current Projects

    Interfirm relations in China, Social networks and personal finance, Elite networks, The one percent, Inheritance and wealth inequality, Immigrant business start-up in the U.S., Chinese American business ownership
  • Areas of Interest

    Economic sociology
    Organizations
    Social networks
    Wealth
    Personal finance
    Business start-up
    Immigration
    Consumption and spending
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Cornell University,
      • 1997
      • M.A.,
      • Cornell University,
      • 1995
      • M.A.,
      • University of Oklahoma,
      • 1991
      • BA (magna cum laude and With Distinction),
      • comparative area studies, Duke University,
      • 1989
  • Selected Publications

      • Lisa A. Keister.
      • (2014).
      • The One Percent.
      • Annual Review of Sociology
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      • LA Keister and HY Lee.
      • (2014).
      • The One Percent: Wealth and Income Concentration.
      • Sociological Currents
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      • Lisa A. Keister and Darren E. Sherkat, editors.
      • (2014).
      • Religion and Inequality.
      • Cambridge University Press.
      • LA Keister and EP Borelli.
      • (2012).
      • Market transition: An assessment of the state of the field.
      • Sociological Perspectives
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      • 55
      • (2)
      • ,
      • 267-294.
      • [web]
      Publication Description

      Dramatic changes in global politics and economics have led a large number of economies to undergo transition from socialism to some form of market system. Sociologists have taken advantage of economic transition to develop and test ideas about basic social processes; this article assesses the state of the rich but contentious new literature that has resulted. The article provides a review and evaluation of sociological research that explores the two aspects of transition that have attracted the greatest attention: the nature of the transition process and the consequences of transition for stratification and mobility. The authors address the two theoretical approaches-institutional and corporatist-that have been the center of intense debate regarding transition and evaluate the empirical evidence for each. The authors argue that empirical evidence provides support for elements of each but that detailed scope conditions and more nuanced arguments are critical. © 2012 by Pacific Sociological Association. All rights reserved.

      • Lisa A. Keister.
      • (2011).
      • Faith and Money: How Religious Belief Contributes to Wealth and Poverty.
      • Cambridge University Press.
      • LA Keister.
      • (2011).
      • Religion and Attainment.
      • Sociological Focus
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      • 44
      • ,
      • 354-83.
      • LA Keister.
      • (2005).
      • Getting Rich: America’s New Rich and How They Got That Way.
      • Cambridge University Press.
      • LA Keister.
      • (2010).
      • Business Groups in China.
      • American Behavioral Scientist
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      • LA Keister and Y Zhang.
      • (2009).
      • Organizations and Management in China.
      • ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT ANNALS
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      • 3
      • ,
      • 377-420.
      • [web]
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  • Teaching

    • SOCIOL 290S.01
      • SEMINAR SPECIAL TOPICS
      • Soc/Psych 331
      • W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
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