Associate Professor of East Asian Politics
University of Houston-Downtown
China Policy Specialist, Humane Society International
Dr. Li is associate professor at University of Houston-Downtown.
His research focuses on China’s animal welfare policies and the country’s animal protection movement at a time of rapid social transformation. Dr. Li has published on China’s wildlife law enforcement, youth attitude towards animals, dog meat trade and companion animal protection, culture and human-animal relations, animal agriculture and food security, wildlife farming and politics, and others (For a selected number of his publications, please visit: https://works.bepress.com/peter-li/) . He also writes for the media on issues related to China’s animal protection issues. These include recent commentaries on China’s obligation to ban rhino and tiger trade (https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/united-states/article/2173219/chinas-tug-war-over-tiger-and-rhino-protection); China’s ‘civil war’ over dogs (http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/20/opinions/china-dog-meat-festival-yulin/index.html); on the need for a legislative breakthrough for animal protection (http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1999555/its-time-outlaw-animal-cruelty-china); and on a new thinking for revising China’s Wildlife Protection Law (http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1906612/seeing-animals-resource-cruel-substitute-real-wildlife). Dr. Li’s book Animal Welfare in China: Crisis and Politics Development (University of Sidney Press) is forthcoming.
Dr. Li is a consultant for Humane Society International (HSI) on issues and collaborative programs with China.