Jan Lin's 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.
Lin started teaching at Occidental College in 1998. 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/