After earning his B.A. and M.A. at Jilin University, Jing "Jay" Li worked at the Institute of Modern History, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, where he conducted research on the history of Sino-American relations. In the U.S. he received his doctoral degree in history from Rice University. At Duquesne University Li teaches courses in East Asian history, Chinese history, Japanese history, the history of Sino-Western and U.S.-East Asian relations.
In research Li focuses on U.S.-China relations and the political and cultural history of modern China. His monograph, China's America: The Chinese View the United States, 1900-2000 (The SUNY Press, 2011) examines how, in the context of their own national struggle, different sociopolitical groups of the Chinese perceived and interpreted the U.S.A. as a polity, culture, and world power. The study demonstrates that China's century-long internal contention over what to make of America well reflects the Chinese people's endeavor to reshape their own national identify in the modern age. The book was named one of the Choice Magazine's Top 25 Academic Books of the Year (2011). Li's interest in Sino-Western cultural relations and comparative studies has also led to the first Chinese translation of E. M. Delafield's Diary of A Provincial Lady (SDX Join Press, 2017). Currently Li is engaged in a study that examines Chinese lives in Mao's Communist Revolution.
EducationPh.D., History, Rice University
M.A. and B.A., History, Jilin University
- HIST 162: East Asian Civilization
- HIST 292: Traditional China
- HIST 293: Modern China
- HIST 294: China Today
- HIST 291: History of Japan
- HIST 256: Social History of ChinaHIST 379: East Asia and the U.S.
- HIST 381: East Asian History through Film
- HIST 485W/585: China in Revolution
- HIST 488W/588: China and the West
- HIST 601: Introduction to Graduate History