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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Darryl Li, 2006

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Darryl Li is the child of immigrants from China

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

DARRYL LI is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Previously, he was an Associate Research Scholar in Law and a Robina Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School. Darryl was a post-doctoral research scholar at the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University.

Darryl was born in 1979 to Chinese immigrants who are naturalized citizens and currently reside in Canton, MA.

Darryl completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies and completed his JD at Yale University. He earned a BA from Harvard University in 2001 and an MPhil from Cambridge University in 2003.

Darryl has conducted academic research in Rwanda, Yemen, and Pakistan, where he was a visiting lecturer in the Law & Policy Department of the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Darryl has worked for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (Gaza), Human Rights Watch, and was a consultant for B'tselem, a leading Israeli human rights organization. He also interned at the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (New Delhi). Darryl hopes to pursue a career alternating between scholarship and activist litigation.

  • PhD Anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies | Harvard University 2012
  • JD Law | Yale University 2009
  • MPhil | Oxford University 2003
  • BA Social Studies | Harvard University 2001
Work History
  • Yale Law School, Associate Research Scholar in Law
  • University of Chicago, Assistant Professor of Anthropology | July 2016 - PRESENT