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Meng Li - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Meng Li Meng Li

Associate Professor of Communication Studies | Loyola Marymount University


Associate Professor of Communication Studies


Dr. Meng Li is an ethnographer and a cultural analyst. Her overall intellectual project has been to understand empirically and ethnographically the human and relational consequences of large-scale social transformations, such as migration and globalization. Her research to date has centered on the issues of migration and mobility in China, with a particular focus on how these social changes have altered family lives and relationships and shaped the subjectivities of individuals as family members. Dr. Li is currently working on two research projects. The first examines the changing mobility cultures, practices, and politics in China through a multi-sited, multi-method study of “the world’s largest annual human migration”—the Spring Festival homecoming (chunyun), a spectacular mobility event featuring the return of rural migrant workers, who travel extensively from cities to reunite with their family members in the countryside during the Chinese Lunar New Year. The second line of research investigates the parent-child relationships in rural-urban migrant workers’ families and, more specifically, the relational yearnings, struggles, and strategies of parents and children when their efforts of “doing family” have been compromised by the multifold social pressures they face. Dr. Li’s scholarly work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Family Communication, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Journalism, and Telematics and Informatics, among others. Dr. Li regularly teaches communication theory and research and courses in the Department’s Relational Communication concentration.

Education (3)

University of Iowa: Ph.D., Communication Studies

University of Iowa: M.A., Communication Studies

Communication University of China: B.A., Journalism