School of Social Transformation
Wei Li received her geography B.S. and M.S. degrees in Beijing, China; and her Ph.D. in geography at the University of Southern California. She is Professor at the Asian Pacific American Studies / School of Social Transformation, and School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning in the Arizona State University, USA. Her foci of research are immigration and integration, and transnational connections, focusing on the Pacific Rim. She is the author or [co-]editor of four scholarly books: Immigrant Geographies in North American Cities, Carlos Teixeira, Wei Li, and Audrey Kobayashi eds., Oxford University Press; Ethnoburb: the New Ethnic Community in Urban America, Wei Li, University of Hawaii Press, 2009, the 2009 Book Award in Social Sciences, Association for Asian American Studies; From Urban Enclave to Ethnic Suburb: new Asian communities in Pacific Rim countries, Wei Li ed., University of Hawaii Press, 2006; and Landscapes of the Ethnic Economy, David Kaplan and Wei Li eds., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2006), two journal theme issues, and has about 80 other academic publications. She was the Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Race and Ethnic Advisory Committees (REAC) on the Asian Population (2010-2012), and the Fulbright Research Chair in Queen’s University, Canada (2006-2007); and currently a member of the International Steering Committee for the International Metropolis Project; and the North American Director for the International Society of Studying Chinese Overseas. She also served as one of the inaugural class of the National Asia Research Associates with the National Bureau of Asian Research and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.