Ms Kan Li

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: History, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China, 2009-2011.
  • B.A.: Chinese Classics, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China, 2005-2009.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Imperial China
  • Republican China
  • Urban History of China
  • Environmental History
  • History of Science and Technology
Courses Taught
  • Undergraduate Survey Course: “East Asian Civilizations in Global Perspective,” University of Saint Thomas, Fall 2016.
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Li, Kan. “River Works and the Undetermined Future of the Port of Tianjin, 1912-1937.” AAS (Association for Asian Studies) in Asia, Seoul, South Korea (June 2017). :
  • Li, Kan. “The 1918 ‘Cathedral Cutting:’ River Conservancy and National Sovereignty.” The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Urbana-Champaign, U.S. (October 2016).:
  • Li, Kan. “Contesting the Modern: River Conservancy in Tianjin, 1897-1937.” AAS-in-Asia, Kyoto, Japan (June 2016).:
  • Li, Kan. “The Salt Must Not Be Sold: The Displacement of the Salt Mounds in Tianjin, 1900-1902.” The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, St Louis, U.S. (October 2015). :
  • Li, Kan. “Contact of International and Local Strategies: The Incident of Icebreakers in Tianjin, 1916.” Discussions on Asia: The Midwest Graduate Student Conference, Minneapolis, U.S. (April 2014). :
  • Li, Kan, Hui-Han Jin (co-author). “Textiles and Women’s Lifecycle in China from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century.” Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association (SSHA), Chicago, U.S. (November 2013). :


  • From Canal City to Seaport: Transportation System and Transformation of Tianjin, 1888-1937: Dissertation, University of Minnesota Graduate School Thesis Research Travel Grant


  • Speaker in the Concert “Matteo Ricci: His Map and Music,” at Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Santa Clara, 2014 and 2016. :
  • The D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia, Travel Grant, July, 2017
  • The East Asia Library of Stanford University, Travel Grant, 2016-2017
  • Union Pacific Dissertation Research Grant, Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • International Thesis Research Grant, University of Minnesota Graduate School, 2014
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program, University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, 2013