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Dr. Rebecca Li

Associate Professor

Li 2 Phone: (609) 771-2546
Office: Social Science Building 314 

Office Hours for Spring 2020:
Mondays/Thursdays 11:00am – 12:00pm and 3:30pm – 4:00pm or by appt.

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California – Riverside
  • M.A. Sociology, University of California – Riverside
  • B.A. With Honors, Sociology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Courses Taught

  • Development of Socio-cultural Theories
  • Social and Cultural Change
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Economic and Social Development in China
  • Self and Society
  • Family-Student Research Course

Research Interest

  • Economic development in China
  • State breakdown in Arab Spring Countries
  • Changing Quality of News Reports

Recent Research & Activities

  • Articulating a theory of the developmental-ness of the state using the case of China
  • Trace changing quality of epidemic and economic news reporting
  • Examining the varying degrees of territorial disintegration in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings in Syria, Egypt and Tunisia using state breakdown theories
  • Examine the processes that brought about the separatist movement in Hong Kong


  • 2016. “Changing Developmental-ness of the State—The Case of China.” in The Asian Developmental State: Reexaminations and New Departures. Edited by Yin-wah Chu. NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2015. “Review of Confronting Decline: The Political Economy of Deindustrialization in Twentieth-Century New England.” Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 44: 669-670.
  • 2005. “Theoretical Contributions of Randall Collins.” In George Ritzer (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • 2003.  “Why Territorial Disintegration Has Not Occurred in Russia: Applying State Breakdown Theories to Explain Stability.” Sociological Inquiry .  73:3. p. 387-412.
  • 2002. “Alternative Routes to State Breakdown: Toward an Integrated Model of Territorial Disintegration.” Sociological Theory. 20:1. p. 1-23.
  • With S. Brint & W. Cunningham. 1997. “The Politics of Professional in Five Advanced Societies,” in Terry Nichols Clark and Michael Rempel (eds.), Citizen Politics in Post-Industrial Societies. Boulder, CO: Wesview Press.
  • With J. Turner. 1997. “Theories of Revolutions within Historical Sociology,” in Jonathan H. Turner’s, The Structure of Sociological Theory, 6th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company.