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., H. E. Aldrich, and L. A. Keister. “Access (not) denied: The impact of financial, human, and cultural capital on entrepreneurial entryin the United States.” Small Business Economics 27, no. 1 (August 1, 2006): 5–22. Full Text

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

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