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Dr. Li Ji
Assistant Professor
School of Modern Languages and Cultures (China Studies), and
Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS)


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Dr. Li is a joint Assistant Professor in China Studies and HKIHSS. She is trained as a historian in three countries – China (B.A. and M.A. at Peking University), USA (Ph.D. at The University of Michigan) and France (Chateaubriand Scholar at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales). Her research areas center on the social, cultural, and religious history of late imperial and modern China, with a particular emphasis on the transnational and cross-cultural studies between China and France.

Dr. Li is currently working on her second book about a multi-generational Catholic village in northeast China, supported by General Research Fund from the Research Grants Council. Tentatively entitled “Making Religion, Making Local Society”, the project seeks to illuminate a set of issues on religious immigrants and local elites, place-making and identity construction, as well as state building and local society in modern China.

• Selected Publications
- Book
God’s Little Daughters: Catholic Women in Nineteenth-Century Manchuria. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015.
- Journal articles and book chapters
“‘Sacred Heart’ and the Appropriation of Catholic Faith in Nineteenth-Century China,” in Song Gang, ed., Reshaping the Boundaries: The Christian Intersection of China and the West in the Modern Era. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, forthcoming.
“Faith, Gender and Literacy: The Du Letters and Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Northeast China,” Journal of Tsinghua University, 2014.02: 7-16.
“Perspectives, Sources, Theories and Methodologies: A Case Study of Nineteenth Century Catholicism in Northeast China,” in Wu Xiaoxin ed., Narratives from the Hinterland: Perspective, Methodology, and Trends on the Studies of Christianity in China. Beijing: Guangxi Normal University Press.
“Dissemination of Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Northeast China: A Study of MEP Archives on Missions Mandchourie”, in Zhao Yifeng ed., Manuscripts, Memories, Localization, and Explanations: New Perspectives on Christianity in Northeast China and Sino-Western Cultural Exchange, p. 107-27. Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Publishing House.
"God’s Little Daughters: Christian Virgins and Catholic Communities of Women in Northeast China," The Chinese Historical Review 20. 1: 16–33.
“Measuring Catholic Faith in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century China,” in Owen White and J. P. Daughton eds., In God’s Empire: French Missionaries and the Modern World, p. 173-94. New York: Oxford University Press.


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