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Lisa A. Keister CV

Professor of Sociology
Duke Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
268 Soc/Psych Bldg, Durham, NC 27708


Lisa A. Keister is professor of sociology and public policy at Duke University and an affiliate of the Duke Network Analysis Center and the Duke Population Research Initiative. Her current research focuses on organization strategy, elite households, the processes that explain extremes in wealth and income inequality, and on group differences in the intergenerational transfer of assets. She has been focusing on the causes and consequences of net worth poverty recently with colleagues from the Sanford school and is currently completing two books: one on America’s wealthiest families, the one percent, and one on net worth poverty.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Sociology · 2006 - Present Sociology, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Associate Director of the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke · 2020 - Present Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke, Initiatives
Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy · 2018 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center · 2010 - Present Duke Population Research Center, Duke Population Research Institute
Affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy · 2023 - Present Center for Child and Family Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy
Bass Fellow · 2018 - Present Sociology, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Cornell University · 1997 Ph.D.
Cornell University · 1995 M.A.
University of Oklahoma · 1991 M.A.