Adjunct Associate Professor
PhD (Harvard University)
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Research Interests
  • Sociological Theory
  • Game Theory and Experimental Games
  • Altruism, Cooperation, and Solidarity
  • Volunteering, Non-Profits, and Civil Society in China

SOCI 3003A Classical Sociological Theory

Selected Publications

Jin, Lei, Tony Tam, and Lin Tao. 2019. “Well-off but Powerless? Status Incongruence and Psychological Well-Being in Contemporary China.” Social Science & Medicine 235:112345.

Liu, Yue and Lin Tao. 2019. “Rituals and Solidarity: The Effects of Synchrony and Complementarity on Cooperation.” Advances in Group Processes 36:95–115.

Chiang, Yen-Sheng, and Lin Tao. 2019. “Structural Balance across the Strait: A Behavioral Experiment on the Transitions of Positive and Negative Intergroup Relationships in Mainland China and Taiwan.” Social Networks 56: 1–9.

Yam, Paton Pak Chun, Gary Ting Tat Ng, Wing Tung Au, Lin Tao, Su Lu, Hildie Leung, and Jane M. Y. Fung. 2018. “The Effect of Subgroup Homogeneity of Efficacy on Contribution in Public Good Dilemmas.” PLOS ONE 13, no. 7: e0201473.

Weijun Lai, Jiangang Zhu, Lin Tao, and Anthony J. Spires. “Bounded by the State: Government Priorities and the Development of Private Philanthropic Foundations in China.” The China Quarterly 224 (2015): 1083-1092.

Lin Tao and Wing-tung Au. 2014. “Values, Self and Other-Regarding Behavior in the Dictator Game”. Rationality and Society 26(1): 46-72.

Anthony J. Spires, Lin Tao, and Kin-man Chan. 2014. “Societal Support for China’s Grassroots NGOs: Evidence from Yunnan, Guangdong, and Beijing.” The China Journal 71: 65-90.

Xiaoqin Mai, Yue Ge, Lin Tao, Honghong Tang, Chao Liu, and Yue-Jia Luo. 2011. “Eyes Are Windows to the Chinese Soul: Evidence from the Detection of Real and Fake Smiles.” PLoS ONE 6(5): e19903. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019903

Freda Lynn, Joe Poldony, and Lin Tao. 2009. “A Sociological (De)Construction of the Relationship between Status and Quality.” American Journal of Sociology 115(3): 755-804.