Yifei Li

Yifei Li
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU

Yifei Li is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU Shanghai, and Global Network Assistant Professor at NYU. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he taught sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Professor Li’s research examines environmental governance in China, focusing on questions about bureaucracy, urban sustainability, and disaster resilience. His recent work has appeared in Current Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Journal of Environmental Management, and other scholarly outlets. He has received research support from the United States National Science Foundation, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, the China Times Cultural Foundation, the Shanghai Municipal Government and other extramural sources.


  • PhD, Sociology
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS, Sociology
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • LL.B., Sociology
    Fudan University

Courses Taught

  • Environment and Society
  • Global China Studies Independent Study
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Nature in Social Thought
  • Social Science Capstone Seminar
  • Social Science Honors Independent Study
  • Urban Sociology