Lisa A. Keister | Duke Kunshan University

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Lisa A. Keister

Gilhuly Family Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Duke University 


Lisa Keister is Gilhuly Family Professor of Sociology and Public Policy. She is also a Faculty Research Scholar in the Duke Population Research Initiative and the Duke Network Analysis Center. She is an economic sociologist who conducts research on wealth inequality and organizational strategy. Her work on China has primarily focused on how firms adapted to the country’s economic transition and has appeared in many journals as well as volumes such as Chinese Business Groups (Oxford University Press, 2000) and Organizations and Management in China (Routledge, 2016, with Yanlong Zhang). She is currently completing work on wealth inequality, including research that looks at China’s wealthiest families. In addition to her work on China, Keister studies wealth ownership and inequality in the United States. She is author of Wealth in America (Cambridge University Press, 2000) Getting Rich (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Faith and Money: How Religious Belief Contributes to Wealth and Poverty (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Russell Sage Foundation, and other organizations.