Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College
Yung-Ti Li’s research interests focus on the archaeology of Bronze Age China; craft specialization and production, with a focus on bronze casting technology; and the rise of social complexity, regional interaction, and state formation in ancient China. His current work encompasses the study of state-sponsored bronze production at Houma of the Eastern Zhou period, as well as the research and writing of “Science and Civilisation in China, Volume 5, Part 14: Non-Ferrous Metallurgy,” for the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge, England. Other initiatives include research and publication projects on archaeological materials excavated in the 1930s by the Institute of History and Philology at Academia Sinica in Taiwan, and a book project titled “The Kingly Craft: Craft Production and Political Economy of the Shang Capital at Anyang.”
Li is the editor of Gems of Yinxu: Catalogue of Selected Artifacts from Anyang in the Institute of History and Philology and Archaeologia Sinica Number Four: Ta Ssu K’ung Ts’un (Settlement and Cemeteries of the Yin-Shang and Eastern Chou Periods at Anyang, Honan). His scholarly work has been funded by the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies and the National Science Council of Taiwan.
Li received a BA from the Department of Chinese Literature at National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in anthropology from the University of Arizona and Harvard University, respectively.
Li joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.