Nan Lin

Nan Lin

Oscar L. Tang Family Distinguished 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 (Taiwan) 1960

Selected Grants

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

Life Events, Social Support and Drinking awarded by (Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1992

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 65 (1989): 59–129.

Lin, P., P. Nan, and Walter M. Ensel. “Life Stress and Health: Stressors and Resources.American Sociological Review 54 (1989): 382–99.

Lin Nan, Nan. “Measuring Depressive Symptomatology in China.Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 177, no. 3 (1989): 121–31.

Lin, Richard, Richard Nan, and Wen Xie. “Occupational Prestige in Urban China.American Journal of Sociology 93, no. 4 (1988): 793832.

Lin Nan, Nan. “The Sinicization of Sociology.Revue Europeene Des Sciences Revue Europeene Des Sciences Xxv 76 (1987): 127–39.

Pan, Nan, Nan Yunkang, and Nan Lin. “Family Models in Contemporary Urban China.Sociological Studies (Shehuixue Yanjiu), Beijing 3 (1987): 54–67.

Lin, Nan, Nan Nan, and Ling Wang. “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, Ling Nan, Mary Woelfel, and Stephen C. Light. “The Buffering Effect of Social Support Subsequent to an Important Life Event.Journal of Health and Social Behavior 26 (1985): 247–63.

Lin, Stephen C., Stephen C. Nan, and Walter M. Ensel. “Depression﷓Mobility and Its Social Etiology: The Role of Life Events and Social Support.Journal of Health and Social Behavior 25 (1984): 176–88.

Lin, Walter M., Walter M. Nan, and Alfred Dean. “Social Support and Depression: A Panel Study.Social Psychiatry 19 (1984): 83–91.