Lisa A. Keister

Lisa A. Keister

Professor of Sociology

External Address: 
268 Soc/Psych Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
(919) 660-5624


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.  


Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Cornell University 1997

  • M.A., Cornell University 1995

  • M.A., University of Oklahoma 1991

Kim, P. H., et al. “Access (not) denied: The impact of financial, human, and cultural capital on entrepreneurial entryin the United States.” Small Business Economics, vol. 27, no. 1, Aug. 2006, pp. 5–22. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11187-006-0007-x. Full Text

Keister, Lisa A., and Alexis Yamokoski. “Single Females and Inequality: The Role of Asset Accumulation in Female Poverty Rates.” Feminist Economics, 2006.

Yamokoski, A., and L. A. Keister. “The Wealth of Single Women: Marital Status and Parenthood in the Asset Accumulation of Young Baby Boomers in the United States.” Feminist Economics, vol. 12, Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles, 2006, pp. 167–94.

Keister, L. A., and J. Lu. “Financial resources and product market development: Strategic choice and institutional processes during China's transition.” Sociological Forum, vol. 19, no. 2, June 2004, pp. 229–54. Scopus, doi:10.1023/B:SOFO.0000031981.07348.89. Full Text

Keister, L. A. “Race, Family Structure, and Wealth: The Effect of Childhood Family on Adult Asset Ownership.” Sociological Perspectives, vol. 47, no. 2, Jan. 2004, pp. 161–87. Scopus, doi:10.1525/sop.2004.47.2.161. Full Text

Keister, L. A. “Capital structure in transition: The transformation of financial strategies in China's emerging economy.” Organization Science, vol. 15, no. 2, Jan. 2004, pp. 145–58. Scopus, doi:10.1287/orsc.1040.0043. Full Text

Keister, Lisa A. “Sharing the wealth: the effect of siblings on adults' wealth ownership..” Demography, vol. 40, no. 3, Aug. 2003, pp. 521–42. Epmc, doi:10.1353/dem.2003.0026. Full Text

Keister, L. A. “Religion and Wealth: The Role of Religious Affiliation and Participation in Early Adult Asset Accumulation.” Social Forces, vol. 82, no. 1, Jan. 2003, pp. 175–207. Scopus, doi:10.1353/sof.2003.0094. Full Text

Keister, Lisa A. “Religion and Wealth: The Role of Religious Affiliation and Participation in Early Adult Asset Accumulation.” Social Forces, vol. 82, 2003, pp. 173–205.

Keister, Lisa A. “Repealing the Estate Tax: A Recipe for More Inequality?.” Contexts, vol. 2, 2003, pp. 42–49.