Professor Li is currently Professor of Political Science, Cornerstone Faculty Fellow at the College of Liberal Arts (2017-2021), and Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar (2019-2020). His 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, and transnational terrorism), environmental degradation, the rise of China, and research methodology.
Professor Li’s 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.
Professor Li is the author or a coauthor of four books, including Democracy and Economic Openness in an Interconnected System: Complex Transformations (2009, Cambridge University Press), Politics and Foreign Direct Investment (2012, University of Michigan Press), Using R for Data Analysis in Social Sciences: A Research Project-Oriented Approach (2018, Oxford University Press), and Easy R: Access, Prepare, Visualize, and Explore Data, and Write Papers (2020, SAGE).
Professor Li joined the faculty of Texas A&M University in 2008. He served as the Director of the Program on International Conflict and Cooperation (PICC) in the Department of Political Science from 2008 to 2011. Previously, he was on the faculty of 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 served on the National Science Foundation Political Science Advisory Panel and the editorial boards of American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and International Interactions.
Professor Li is the co-recipient of the 2003 Best Article on Democratization Award from the American Political Science Association. He holds a Cornerstone Faculty Fellow position at the College of Liberal Arts, 2017-2021. He has also received a Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar Award from the 2019-2020 Fulbright Program. He will be in residence at the Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM, or European University of Madrid) for the Fall of 2019.