Nan Lin

Nan Lin

Oscar L. Tang Family Professor Emeritus of Sociology

External Address: 
266 Soc-Psych, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
(919) 660-5610


My main research interests are social networks and social capital, the life stress process (especially social support as resources), social stratification and mobility, and Chinese societies.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Michigan State University 1966

  • M.A., Syracuse University 1963

  • B.A., Tunghai University 1960

Selected Grants

(92-0215) Life Events, Social Support and Drinking awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1992

(90-0154) Life Events, Social support, and Drinking awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1992

(91-0021) Family Practices in Chinese Societies awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1991


Lin Nan, . "Chinese Family Structure and Chinese Society." Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica 65 (1989): 59-129. (Academic Article)

Lin, , Nan, , and Ensel, WM. "Life Stress and Health: Stressors and Resources." American Sociological Review 54 (1989): 382-399. (Academic Article)

Lin Nan, . "Measuring Depressive Symptomatology in China." Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 177.3 (1989): 121-131. (Academic Article)

Lin, , Nan, , and Xie, W. "Occupational Prestige in Urban China." American Journal of Sociology 93.4 (1988): 793﷓832-null. (Academic Article)

Lin Nan, . "The Sinicization of Sociology." Revue Europeene des Sciences Revue Europeene des Sciences XXV 76 (1987): 127-139. (Academic Article)

Pan, , Yunkang, , and Lin, N. "Family Models in Contemporary Urban China." Sociological Studies (Shehuixue Yanjiu), Beijing 3 (1987): 54-67. (Academic Article)

Lin, , Nan, , and Wang, L. "Social Support, Life Events and Depression: Models and Evidence." ." Proceedings for Social Support and Health: New Directions for Theory Development and Research, (1985). (Academic Article)

Lin, , Nan, , Woelfel, M, and Light, SC. "The Buffering Effect of Social Support Subsequent to an Important Life Event." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 26 (1985): 247-263. (Academic Article)

Lin, , Nan, , and Dean, A. "Social Support and Depression: A Panel Study." Social Psychiatry 19 (1984): 83-91. (Academic Article)

Lin, , Nan, , and Ensel, WM. "Depression﷓Mobility and Its Social Etiology: The Role of Life Events and Social Support." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 25 (1984): 176-188. (Academic Article)