Huijuan Li

Huijuan Li is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History and the Graduate Certificate Program in Feminist Studies at Duke University. Her research lies in the intersection of gender, religion, and citizenship in modern Chinese history. Under the direction of Dr. Prasenjit Duara and Dr. Nicole Barnes, Huijuan is working on a dissertation entitled, "Chinese Women's Search for Citizenship: A History of the Chinese YWCA (1890-1950)," which explores how female leaders and members of the Chinese Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) understood and practiced citizenship in the late 19th – and early 20th- century China. 

Before joining the doctoral program in History, Huijuan received a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Shandong Normal University (2009), an M.A. in Comparative Literature and World Literature from Beijing Normal University (2013) and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Duke University (2015).

During the 2020-2021 academic year, Huijuan will be serving as the co-chair of the Duke History Graduate Student Association (HGSA). She is committed to building a service team that will work as an approachable, transparent, inclusive and trustworthy liaison between History graduate students, faculty members, departmental administration, graduate school, and other student service offices at Duke University.

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