Dr. Li is the author of two nationally acclaimed books, Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform and China’s Leaders: The New Generation.

Dr. Li is the editor of a new book, Bridging Minds Across the Pacific: The Sino-U.S. Educational Exchange 1978-2003.

He is currently completing two book manuscripts: Chinese Technocrats and Urban Subcultures in
Shanghai.



 

Cheng Li
William R. Kenan Professor of Government, Hamilton College

Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

 

Cheng Li grew up in Shanghai and was largely self-educated during the Cultural Revolution. In 1985, he came to the United States where he received an M.A. in Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Political Science at Princeton University. He is currently the William R. Kenan Professor of Government at Hamilton College and a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

In 1993-95, Dr. Li worked in
China as a fellow of the U.S. based Institute of Current World Affairs, observing grassroots changes in his native country. In China, Dr. Li had the opportunity to interview political and business leaders as well as people from everyday walks of life. Based on this experience, he published a nationally acclaimed book, Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform (1997). Dr. Li is the author of China’s Leaders: The New Generation (2001), and the editor of the book, Bridging Minds Across the Pacific: The Sino-U.S. Educational Exchange 1978-2003 (2005). He is currently completing two book manuscripts: Chinese Technocrats and Urban Subcultures in Shanghai.

Dr Li’s academic writings have appeared in World Politics (1989), Asian Survey (1988, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003), The China Quarterly (1990, 2000), The China Journal (1996), The Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs (1994), Modern China (1991), Issues and Studies (1988), The Brown Journal of World Affairs (2002), Journal of Asian and African Studies (2003), Critical Asian Studies (2003), Orbis (2005), and more than a dozen edited volumes. He was the guest editor of Journal of Chinese Sociology and Anthropology (1997).

Dr. Li has been a recipient of research grants from the Freeman Foundation, the Peter Lewis Foundation, the Crane-Rogers Foundation, Charlotte E. Proctor Honorific Fellowship, the Emerson Foundation,
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the United States Institute of Peace, Hong Kong Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hong Kong University, and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. In 2002-2003 he was a residential fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.

He has frequently been called upon to share his unique perspective and insights as an expert on
China. He recently appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, BBC, VOA, A&E History Channel, Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, Australian Radio, NPR Diane Rehm Show, and National Radio of Canada. For a CNN.com special on China, Professor Li wrote a piece "Revolution is No Dinner Party, but China's Reform Is." Prior to President Clinton's visit to China, Professor Li appeared on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, PBS. He is also a columnist for the Stanford University Journal, China Leadership Monitor.

Under the auspices of the US Department of State, he helped to brief Senator James Sasser and Admiral Joseph Prueher, both former Ambassadors to China. He gave lectures at the National Press Club (1999), the Ambassadors’ Roundtable (1999), the Chautauqua Institution (2001), the Distinguished Speaker Series (1995), and seminars sponsored by the US State Department (1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005). He spoke at a conference on China hosted by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (2002), participated in conferences about the new generation of China's leaders for the Center for Naval Analysis (2001, 2004), gave Congressional staff briefings (2001, 2003), and has participated in a public hearing for the U.S.-China Security Review Commission on Capitol Hill (2002).

Dr. Li is a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a trustee of the Institute of Current World Affairs in Hanover, New Hampshire, a member of The Academic Advisory Group of the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on U.S. policy toward China, a council member of the Institute for International Research at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and a member of the U.S. National Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific.

Professor Li teaches the following courses: “Politics in China,” “China’s Cultural Revolution,” "US-China Relations," “International Relations,” “International Political Economy,” and “East Asia and the United States.” He is preparing a new course entitled “Political Economy of China in the Reform Era." Professor Li was a recipient of Hamilton College's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1993.

Reviews of Cheng Li's books:

* China's Leaders: The New Generation

* Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform

* Bridging Minds Across the Pacific: The Sino-U.S. Educational Exchange 1978-2003


To contact Professor Li call 315-859-4257 or e-mail cli@hamilton.edu

 

 

 

 

 

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