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

(91-0218) Life Events, Social Support, and Drinking awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1992

(92-0215) Life Events, Social Support and Drinking awarded by (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, Nan. “Chinese Family Structure and Chinese Society..” Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, vol. 65, 1989, pp. 59–129.

Lin, Walter M., et al. “Life Stress and Health: Stressors and Resources..” American Sociological Review, vol. 54, 1989, pp. 382–99.

Lin Nan, Walter M. “Measuring Depressive Symptomatology in China..” Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, vol. 177, no. 3, 1989, pp. 121–31.

Lin, J. M., et al. “Occupational Prestige in Urban China..” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 93, no. 4, 1988.

Lin Nan, Walter M. “The Sinicization of Sociology..” Revue Europeene Des Sciences Revue Europeene Des Sciences Xxv, vol. 76, 1987, pp. 127–39.

Pan, Walter M., et al. “Family Models in Contemporary Urban China..” Sociological Studies (Shehuixue Yanjiu), Beijing, vol. 3, 1987, pp. 54–67.

Lin, Mary, et al. “Social Support, Life Events and Depression: Models and Evidence..” .."  Proceedings for Social Support and Health:  New Directions for Theory Development and Research, 1985.

Lin, Ling, et al. “The Buffering Effect of Social Support Subsequent to an Important Life Event..” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, vol. 26, 1985, pp. 247–63.

Lin, Stephen C., et al. “Depression﷓Mobility and Its Social Etiology: The Role of Life Events and Social Support..” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, vol. 25, 1984, pp. 176–88.

Lin, Walter M., et al. “Social Support and Depression: A Panel Study..” Social Psychiatry, vol. 19, 1984, pp. 83–91.