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

Keister, L. A. “Financial markets, money, and banking.” Annual Review of Sociology, vol. 28, Nov. 2002, pp. 39–61. Scopus, doi:10.1146/annurev.soc.28.110601.140836. Full Text

Keister, Lisa A. “Money, Wealth, and Economic Sociology.” Accounts: A Newsletter of Economic Sociology, vol. 2, 2002.

Keister, L. A. “Adapting to radical change: Strategy and environment in piece-rate adoption during China's transition.” Organization Science, vol. 13, no. 5, Jan. 2002, pp. 459–74. Scopus, doi:10.1287/orsc.13.5.459.7811. Full Text

Keister, L. A. “Corporate labor policies and practices during China's transition: An exploration of implications for social stratification.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, vol. 19, no. C, Jan. 2002, pp. 171–87. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0276-5624(02)80041-5. Full Text

Keister, Lisa A. “Banking and Financial Markets in Sociology.” Annual Review of Sociology, vol. 28, 2002, pp. 39–61.

Keister, Lisa A. “Corporate Labor Policies and Practices During China’s Transition: An Exploration of Implications for Stratification.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, vol. 19, 2002, pp. 169–85.

Keister, Lisa A., and Howard E. Aldrich. “Is There a Wealth Affect? Financial and Human Capital as Determinants of Business Startups.” Entrepreneurship Research, 2002.

Keister, L. A., and N. Deeb-Sossa. “Are baby boomers richer than their parents? Intergenerational patterns of wealth ownership in the United States.” Journal of Marriage and Family, vol. 63, no. 2, May 2001, pp. 569–79. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2001.00569.x. Full Text

Keister, L. A. “Exchange structures in transition: Lending and trade relations in Chinese business groups.” American Sociological Review, vol. 66, no. 3, Jan. 2001, pp. 336–60. Scopus, doi:10.2307/3088883. Full Text

Keister, L. A., and V. G. Nee. “The rational peasant in China: Flexible adaptation, risk diversification, and opportunity.” Rationality and Society, vol. 13, no. 1, Jan. 2001, pp. 33–69. Scopus, doi:10.1177/104346301013001002. Full Text