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- Economic Globalization
- Democratic Governance
- Political Violence
- Environmental Degradation
- Rise of China
- Research Methodology
Professor Li’s research interests include economic globalization (international trade, foreign direct investment, financial openness and capital account liberalization), democratic governance, political violence (interstate military conflict, civil conflict, transnational terrorism), environmental degradation, the rise of China, and research methodology.
His research has appeared in numerous journals, including British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Interactions, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of International Affairs, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Review of International Political Economy, and Review of Policy Research, as well as various edited volumes. He is the co-recipient of the 2003 Best Article on Democratization Award from the American Political Science Association. He has coauthored two books, entitled Democracy and Economic Openness in an Interconnected System: Complex Transformations (2009, Cambridge University Press) and Politics and Foreign Direct Investment (2012, University of Michigan Press). He is also the author of a textbook, entitled Using R for Data Analysis in Social Sciences: A Research Project-Oriented Approach (in press, Oxford University Press).
Professor Li is currently a Cornerstone Faculty Fellow at the College of Liberal Arts. He was the Director of the Program on International Conflict and Cooperation (PICC) in the department from 2008 to 2011. He joined the faculty of Texas A&M in 2008. Before then, he was a faculty at the Pennsylvania State University for 10 years, where he co-directed the Multidisciplinary Seminar Series on Globalization in the College of Liberal Arts and served on the inaugural Faculty Governing Council of the School of International Affairs. Professor Li also has served on the editorial boards of American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and International Interactions.
- POLS 309: Polimetrics
- POLS 412: International Political Economy
- POLS 418: Theories of International Relations
- POLS 429: Issues in World Politics
- POLS 481: Senior Research Seminar
- POLs 633: Seminar in Foreign and Security Policy
- POLS 635: International Political Economy
- Democracy and Economic Openness in an Interconnected System: Complex Transformations (2009, Cambridge University Press)
- Politics and Foreign Direct Investment (2012, University of Michigan Press)