Lisa A Keister
  • Lisa A Keister

  • Gilhuly Family Professor
  • Sociology
  • 336 Soc/Psych Bldg
  • Campus Box 90088
  • Phone: (919) 660-5624
  • Fax: 919-660-5623
  • Homepage
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Specialties

    • Intellectual Interests
  • Research Description

    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 explored 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.
  • Areas of Interest

    Economic sociology
    Immigration
    Religion
    Organizations and organization theory
    Social stratification
    Chinese economic transformation
    Chinese society
    Entrepreneurship
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Sociology, Cornell University,
      • 1997
      • MA,
      • Sociology, Cornell University,
      • 1995
      • MA,
      • Economics, 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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      • Lisa A. Keister and Hang Young 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.
      • Lisa A. Keister and E. Paige Borelli.
      • (2012).
      • Market Transition: An Assessment of the State of the Field.
      • Sociological Perspectives
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      • 55
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      • 267-94.
      • Lisa A. Keister.
      • (2011).
      • Faith and Money: How Religious Belief Contributes to Wealth and Poverty.
      • Cambridge University Press.
      • Lisa A. Keister.
      • (2011).
      • Religion and Attainment.
      • Sociological Focus
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      • 44
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      • 354-83.
      • Lisa A. Keister.
      • (2005).
      • Getting Rich: America’s New Rich and How They Got That Way.
      • Cambridge University Press.
      • Lisa A. Keister.
      • (2010).
      • Business Groups in China.
      • American Behavioral Scientist
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      • Lisa A. Keister and Yanlong Zhang.
      • (2009).
      • Organizations and Management in China.
      • Academy of Management Annals
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  • Teaching

    • MMS 450.04
      • MARKETS/MGMNT CAPSTONE
      • Social Sciences 119
      • F 10:20 AM-12:50 PM
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