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Lisa A. Keister
Professor of Sociology
Associate Director of the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke
Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center
Bass Fellow


Ph.D., Cornell University (1997)
M.A., Cornell University (1995)
M.A., University of Oklahoma (1991)


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.