Assistant Professor of History
Office Location: 221 Meredith Hall
En Li (Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2015; on Sabbatical Spring 2020): I have been an Assistant Professor of Chinese History at Drake University since 2016. My current book project, "Betting on Empire: Gambling and Examinations in Late Imperial and Modern China," highlights the significance of weixing, a highly organized gambling practice where money was bet on surnames that would pass the civil service examinations and reveals critical development with Chinese culture and society in the nineteenth century. I have published peer-reviewed articles and book reviews in various journals such as Frontier of History in China, East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and The Common Reader. In 2018, I co-founded the Drake Faculty Writing Group (FWG) and have been working to bring sociality in scholarship and support scholarship-in-progress across campus. As a first-generation immigrant from Canton, a Hawaiian dancer, and a beginning violinist, the beauty of humanity oftentimes fascinates me more than merely being a subject to teach and research. In my spare time, I love to search for the best xiaolongbao in the world with my husband and son.