Assistant Professor of History
Office Location: 221 Meredith Hall
En Li (Ph.D.,Washington University in St. Louis, 2015) is an Assistant Professor of Asian History at Drake University since 2016. Her current book manuscript, Betting on Empire: Public Sphere, Meritocracy, and Rationalized Bureaucracy in China, 1850s-1905, 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. Dr. Li has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Frontier of History in China. Li co-founded the Drake Faculty Writing Group (FWG) in 2018 and has been working to bring sociality in scholarship and support scholarship-in-progress across campus.