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, L. A. “Wealth Inequality.” Georgetown Law Journal, 2009.
Keister, L. A., and Benjamin Cornwell. “The Origin of Influence Hierarchies: The Role of Visible and Obscure Status Characteristics in the Emergence of Elite Social Hierarchies.” Sociological Analysis, 2009.
Keister, Lisa A., and Wenhong Chen. “Financial Markets during Transition.” The Encyclopedia of Modern China, Scribner, 2009.
McGrath, D. M., and L. A. Keister. “The effect of temporary employment on asset accumulation processes.” Work and Occupations, vol. 35, no. 2, May 2008, pp. 196–222. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0730888407312275. Full Text
Keister, L. A. “Conservative protestants and wealth: How religion perpetuates asset poverty.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 113, no. 5, Mar. 2008, pp. 1237–71. Scopus, doi:10.1086/525506. Full Text
Keister, Lisa A., and Benjamin Cornwell. Community Elite Status Hierarchy: An Investigation into the Duality of Status Attainment and Attribution. 2008.
Keister, Lisa A., and Randy Hodson. Chinese Enterprises, their Competitive Structure, and their Integration with Global Markets. 2008.
Keister, Lisa A. Value clusters and Inequality. 2008.
Keister, L. A. “Upward wealth mobility: Exploring the Roman Catholic advantage.” Social Forces, vol. 85, no. 3, Mar. 2007, pp. 1195–225. Scopus, doi:10.1353/sof.2007.0044. Full Text
Keister, Lisa A., and Donald McGrath. “Nonstandard Workers and Asset Accumulation.” Work and Occupations, 2007.