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Jieli Li

Jeili Li, portrait
Professor of Sociology
Bentley Annex 133

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Editor-in-Chief, American Review of China Studies


Ph.D., University of California-Riverside, 1996

Research Specialization

Social Change, Theory, Comparative Institutions and Organizations, Sociology of Development, Globalization, Social Movement, Conflict and Resolution, Asia/China Studies

Courses Taught

  • Soc 1000: Introduction to Sociology
  • Soc 3000: Development of Sociological Theory
  • Soc 3290: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Soc 4040/5040: Modern Sociological Theory
  • Soc 4140/5140: Contemporary Social Movements
  • Soc 4300/5300: Sociology of Organizations
  • Soc 4650/5650: Social Change
  • Soc 4950: Sociology of Globalization and Development
  • Soc 6070: Seminar in Globalization
  • Soc 6090: Seminar in Social Change and Development
  • Soc 6160: Seminar in Sociological Theory

Selected Publications

2018. “The Value of Jurisdiction by Justification of Behavioral Rationality – Rethinking of the Peng Yu Case” Journal of Hubei University of Economics, Vol 16, No. 2 (March), 2018, PP 106-115 (with D. Pan).

2017. “Environmental Justice and Low-Carbon Economy: In Search of Social Governance for Sustainability,” in S Guo and Y Zhou Eds. China’s Green Low Carbon Transition Development. Hangzhou: Zhejiang University Press, 2017, pp. 36-43.

2017. “Analysis of Social Protection Programs of Chinese Migrant Workers in the Process of Urbanization and Development,” Contemporary Economics, Issue 19, No. 7, 2017, pp. 95-99 (with Dan Chen)

2016. “Food Security in WTO multilateral Trade Negotiations – From the Perspective of the Bali Package,” Wuhan University International Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp.186-203. (with Xiaojing Zhang).

2015. “China Emerging as a Game Changer in Contention for Global Energy Governance,” Issues & Studies – A Social Science Quarterly on China, Taiwan, And East Asian Affairs, Vol. 51, No. 4 (December), Pp. 1-32.

2015. Nine Modern Cases of State Fragmentation from the American Revolution to Ukraine's Loss of Crimea: Sociology of Political History. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press. 300pp.

2015. “Still ‘Familiar’ but No Longer ‘Strangers’: Hui Muslims in Contemporary China,” in X. Li and P. Shan (eds.) Ethnic China: Identity, Assimilation, and Resistance. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2015, pp 153-170. (With Lei Ji)

2014 (ed.) Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia. Volume 4 in a series of Globalization, Development and Security in Asia. Singapore and London: World Scientific Publishing. 276pp.

2014. “Thinking Globally and Acting Locally: Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Japan,” in J. Li (ed.) Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia. Singapore and London: World Scientific Publishing. pp 245-260. (With Seiko Hanochi).

2013. “In Transformation toward Socio-Legality with Chinese Characteristics: A Critical View,” in X. Li and Q. Fang (eds.) Modern Chinese Legal Reform: New Perspectives. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky. Pp. 111-130.

2013. “China’s Evolving Civil Society and Grassroots Empowerment” in X. Li and X, Tian (eds), Evolution of Power: China’s Struggle, Survival and Success. Lanham: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 297-311

2013. “Perspectives on Sustainable Development of American Family Farms,” World Agriculture, Issue 12, 2013. Pp. 134-138. (Chinese), (With Weimin Yang and Yigong Pu).

2012. “China’s Quest for Energy Security: A Geoeconomic Perspective” in Mingjiang Li (ed.) China Joins Global Governance: Cooperation and Contentions, Lanham: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 157-172.

2012. “Political Economy of Clean Energy: What China Can Learn from the U.S.,” New Perspectives, No. 1, pp. 40-48. (Chinese), (With Lihua Yang).

2011. “China’s First Decade in the 21st Century: New Trends and Challenges” in Shiping Hua and Sujian Guo (eds.) China in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Opportunities, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 237- 252. (With Toby Li)

2010. Why Do States Fragment and Break Up? Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen. 280pp.

2010. “Five Paradigm Shifts in International Development Studies,” China Social Science Journal (4/13). (Chinese).

2010. “New Trends in Studies of Global Sustainable Development,” China Social Science Journal (2/10). (Chinese).

2009. “China’s Evolving “Double-Track” Socio-Legal System in Conflict Resolution.” Peace and Conflict Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2, Pp. 1-16.

2009. “An Institutional Transformation of Grassroots Mediation in Conflict Resolution: Where is China Headed?” Sociological Focus, Vol. 42, No. 3, Pp. 246-253.

2008. "China's New Social Security System in the Making: Problems and Prospects" International Journal of Public Administration, 31(1), 5-23. (With Yi Feng and Ismene Gizelis).

2007 (ed.) Sociology in a series of Western Frontier Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Beijing, China Renmin University Press. 385pp. (Chinese).

2007. “New Trends and Contested Issues in Western Sociological Theory,” in J. Li (ed.) Sociology in Series on Western Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Beijing: China Renmin University Press, pp. 4-28.

2005. “Democratic Development in Taiwan” in China Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the People’s Republic, (ed. Luo Jing). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, pp. 601-604.

2004. “Democratization vs. Taiwanization” in Analyzing Taiwanese Society, eds. S. Lu and S. Tian (Taipei, Taiwan: Showei Publisher of Social Science Academic Series, 2004), Pp. 11-39. (Chinese).

2003. “Democratic Transition in Taiwan: The Paradox of ‘Taiwanization’” in X. Li and Z. Pan (eds.) Taiwan in the Twenty-First Century. Washington, DC: American University Press, pp. 215-227.

2002. “State Fragmentation: Toward a Theoretical Understanding of Territorial Power of the State.” Sociological Theory. 20(2):139-156.

2002. “Family and Social Trends” in G. Xu (ed.) World Eras Vol. 7: Imperial China: 617-1644. New York: Thomson/Gale, pp. 313-362.

2001. "Critical Theory," and "Racial Theories," Routledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy, edited by R.J. Barry Jones, Vol. 1: Pp. 271-272, Vol. 2: Pp. 1296-1298. London: Routledge.

2000. “Interaction Ritual as a Mobilizing Force of Collective Action: The Rise of the 1989 Chinese Student Movement,” Southeast Sociological Review, 1: 32-45.

2000. "Macrosociology," Encyclopedia of Sociology, Second Edition, edited by Edgar F. Borgatta and Rhonda J.V. Montgomery, Pp. 1703-1712. New York: Macmillan. (With Tickamyer Ann)

2000. “The Game of Three: Geopolitical and Geoeconomic Relations among China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.” American Review of China Studies, 1(2) (winter): 91-103.

2000. “Exploring Asian Americans: The Myth of the ‘Model Minority’ and the Reality of Their Lives,” in Amanda Konradi and Martha Schmidt (eds.) Reading between the Lines: Toward an Understanding of Current Social Problems, (2nd edition). Mountain View, California: Mayfield Publishing Company.

1998. “Geopolitical Dynamics of State Change: A Comparative Analysis of the U.S. Civil War and the Chinese Taiping Rebellion,” Michigan Sociological Review, 12 (Fall): 24-49.

1997. “Domestic Constraints and International Competitiveness,” Journal of Contemporary China, 6(15), 377-387. (With Yi Feng).

1996. "The Structural Strains of China's Socio-legal System: A Transition to Formal Legalism?" International Journal of the Sociology of Law 24: 41-59.

Jieli Li. 1993. "Geopolitics of the Chinese Communist Party in the Twentieth Century" Sociological Perspectives 36 (4): 3