Ke Li

Ke Li

Assistant Professor
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  • Joint Ph.D. in Sociology and Criminal Justice

    Indiana University, Bloomington

  • M.A. in Criminal Justice

    Indiana University, Bloomington

  • B.A. in Law

    Nanjing University, China


My research, broadly speaking, focuses on law and society in contemporary China. For the past decade, I have been examining how the official justice system responds to the rise of divorce among an increasingly mobile population. This line of inquiry has led to writings on how divorce litigation in rural China has reinforced and reproduced gender inequality within and outside courtrooms. 

Currently, I am working on a book manuscript, entitled Marriage Unbound: Divorce Litigation, Power, and Inequailty in Contemporary China. Combining years of ethnographic and archival research, the book juxtaposes the experiences of four social groups: rural women embroiled in marital disputes, government officials responsible for dispute resolution, legal professionals who make a living by serving clients from the countryside, and, finally, judges at the frontier of the administration of justice. This multifaceted approach allows me to unpack the complex power dynamics between disempowered groups and political/professional elites in contemporary China. Through fine-grained ethnographic and archival research, this book, I hope, will offer fresh insights into the intricate power relationships surounding the official justice system in post-socialist China. 

Course Taught

2018, 2020     LWS 425 Colloquium for Research in Law and Society
2017, 2019      LWS 200 Introduction to Law and Society

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