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

Dean, Lin, Lin Alfred, and Nan Lin. “The Stress﷓Buffering Role of Social Support..” Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 165, no. 6 (1977): 403–17.

Hingson, Nan, Nan Ralph, Nan Lin, and R. A. Hingson. “Achieving Higher Immunization Receptivity..” Public Health Reviews VI–1 and 2 (1977): 93–117.

Lin, R. A., R. A. Nan, and Daniel Yauger. “Reply to Hansen and Haller..” American Journal of Sociology 82, no. 4 (1975): 857–62.

Lin, Daniel, Daniel Nan, and Daniel Yauger. “The Process of Occupational Status Achievement: A Preliminary Cross﷓national Comparison..” American Journal of Sociology 81, no. 3 (1975): 543–62.

Lin, Daniel, Daniel Nan, and Ronald S. Burt. “Differential Effects of Information Channels in the Process of Innovation Diffusion..” Social Forces 54 (1975): 256–74.

Lin Nan, Ronald S. “The McIntire March: A Study of Recruitment and Commitment..” Public Opinion Quarterly 38, no. 4 (1975): 562–73.

Lin Nan, Ronald S. “Stratification of the Formal Communication System in American Sociology..” The American Sociologist 9 (1974): 199–206.

Lin, Ronald S., Ronald S. Nan, and Ralph Hingson. “Diffusion of Family Planning Innovations: Theoretical and Practical Issues..” Studies in Family Planning 5, no. 6 (1974): 189–95.

Hingson, Ralph, Ralph Ralph, and Nan Lin. “Communication Participation and Individual Receptivity to Health Innovations..” International Journal of Health Education 16, no. 1 (1973): 5–14.

Lin Nan, Tomita. “A Comparison Between the Scientific Communication Model and the Mass Communication Model..” Professional Communication 15, no. 2 (1972): 34–39.