Jinhua Li, Ph.D.

Professor of Chinese Studies & Language, and International, Interdisciplinary Studies; Faculty-Led Global Studies Program Coordinator

Contact Information

  • jli@unca.edu
  • 232-5135
  • 213 Zeis Hall

Jinhua Li received her BA in English and MA in British Literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University in China, and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Purdue University. She teaches courses in Chinese language and studies, Chinese and East Asian films, and Chinese and East Asian literature. Her research interests include comparative cinema studies, Chinese language cinema, transnational cultural studies, and gender politics. Dr. Jinhua Li’s publications include journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews, and she is currently working on a monograph on gender politics in contemporary Chinese cinema.


  • Ph.D. Purdue University
  • M.A. Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • B.A. Beijing Foreign Studies University

Courses Taught

  • ASIA 101 Elementary Chinese
  • ASIA 102 Elementary Chinese II
  • ASIA 201 Intermediate Chinese I
  • ASIA 202 Intermediate Chinese II
  • ASIA 301 Advanced Chinese I
  • ASIA 303 LSIC:WI:IL:Chinese Literature: Great Works
  • ASIA 304 DI: Chinese Cinema
  • ASIA 373 China Through Films
  • ASIA 373 ST: East Asian Literature in Translation:Pre-1900
  • INTS 376 ST: Exploring China (Study Abroad to China)



Encyclopedia Entries

  • Two entries on “Chinese American Films and Filmmakers” and “Asian Americans and Fashion.” Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms. Ed. Lan Dong. Santa Babara: Greenwood, 2016.

Book Reviews

Textbooks and Dictionary

  • Online Platform for teaching New Practical Chinese Reader. Program contributor. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Current project.
  • English Dictionary of Idioms. (co-compiler) Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press外语教学与研究出版社, 2006.
  • Contemporary College English: Students’ Guide (Book I) 现代大学英语精读1学生辅导用书. (co-author) Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press外语教学与研究出版社, 2005.
  • Active English Learners’ Workbook (Book 6) 当代大学英语学生学习课本 6 (co-author). Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press 外语教学与研究出版社, 2004.