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: http://janlin.me/
  • 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; sociological field methods; globalization; mass media and consumer society; senior seminar; introduction to sociology and a freshman course on Los Angeles. He is author of Reconstructing Chinatown: Ethnic Enclave, Global Change (on New York's Chinatown 1998), co-editor of The Urban Sociology Reader (a textbook reader, 2nd edition 2013), and The Power of Urban Ethnic Places (2011).

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. Many of his students have had their field interviews published online: http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/participate/initiatives/young-voices/. He is working on a new book, Taking Back the Boulevard: Art, Activism and Gentrification in Northeast Los Angeles. His work on northeast LA can be found online on: http://www.kcet.org/user/profile/janlin. He is collaborating on a National Science Foundation grant with two Korean American scholars to compare politics and growth dynamics in Los Angeles Koreatown and the Chinese enclave of Monterey Park.