Jan Lin

Professor, Sociology; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy

Lin started teaching at Occidental in 1998.


  • Office: Swan Hall 215
  • Email: jlin@oxy.edu
  • Phone: (323) 259-2994
  • Website: faculty.oxy.edu/jlin/
  • Office Hours: T 1-3 W 2-4

Education: B.A., Williams College; M.S., London School of Economics and Political Science; Ph.D., New School for Social Research

Jan Lin started teaching at Occidental College in 1998. His teaching areas are in urban sociology; urban field methods; race and ethnic relations; globalization and the sociology of development, mass media and consumer society; and a freshman course on Los Angeles. He is author of Reconstructing Chinatown: Ethnic Enclave, Global Change (on New York's Chinatown) and co-editor of The Urban Sociology Reader (a textbook reader).

He is currently engaged in research on spatial assimilation and social mobility issues in the Chinese "ethnoburb" of Los Angeles as well as comparative work examining ethnic enclaves, tourism and the arts in the global city, encompassing Asian, Latino, and African American case studies. He was principal investigator on a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Occidental College in 1999-2003 for a Northeast Los Angeles Community Outreach Partnership Center. The center funded student and faculty fellowships that produced urban planning reports, economic development surveys, a community website, and a range of other community development initiatives.