P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Jie Li, 2007

Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Jie Li is an immigrant from China

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in East Asian Studies at Harvard University

JIE LI joined the Harvard University Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations as Assistant Professor in Fall 2013.

Jie came to the US at age 11 from China and is a naturalized US citizen.

Jie completed a Ph.D. in East Asian languages and civilizations and film studies at Harvard University, She received her BA in East Asian studies in 2001, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her senior thesis, combining anthropological and literary approaches to oral history, has been awarded the Hoopes Prize and included in a Harvard University social studies syllabus.

Having studied literature at the Cambridge University and the University of Heidelberg, Jie is fluent in English, Chinese, and German as well as conversant in French and Japanese. She is also a bilingual fiction writer and documentary filmmaker. Her "film portraits" of families in China and Cameroon have been shown at various campuses and film festivals, among them the Bilan du Film Ethnographique in Paris. Her film on polygamy in Cameroon, "The Al-Hadji and His Wives", is distributed by Documentary Educational Resources. 

Jie's book "Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life" is forthcoming with Columbia University Press. Having published numerous essays on Chinese cinema and culture in journals and edited volumes, she is also working on a book manuscript entitled "Utopian Ruins: A Memory Museum of the Maoist Era". 

  • PhD East Asian Studies | Harvard University 2010
  • German as a Foreign Language | Heidelberg University 2004
  • English/Commonwealth Literature | University of Cambridge 2002
  • BA East Asian Languages and Civilizations | Harvard University 2001
Work History
  • Harvard University, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations | January 2013 - PRESENT
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