Dr Lan Li
Dr Lan Li studied Chinese Language and Literature at Renmin University, Beijing, China, where she received a BA and an MA. She then took up a lectureship at the university, lecturing on the History & Theory of Ancient Chinese Literature.
In 1991 she received a scholarship from Queen’s University Belfast for her PhD in Social Anthropology, which was also funded by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Her doctoral thesis documented the rise of popular religions in contemporary China, and was later published in book form in both Chinese and English. Following her doctoral studies, Dr Li lectured in Chinese Culture, Society and Language at Queen’s University Belfast and also worked as research fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the university. In August 2006, Dr Li joined the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD as a lecturer in Chinese Studies. In 2010, Dr Li was appointed Deputy Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland.
Dr Li is a member of the British Association for Chinese Studies and the Association for Chinese Studies in Ireland. Her research interests lie in Chinese popular religion, Chinese intellectual tradition, late Qing history, and comparisons between Chinese and Western business culture.