Dr. LI Yiwen (李怡文)

BA with Outstanding Graduate Award (Peking University); 
MA with Outstanding Graduate Award (Peking University); 
MPhil (Yale University); 
PhD with Distinction (Yale University)

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34425599

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes
Willing to talk to media: yes


Yiwen Li is assistant professor of history at City University of Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University and her dissertation won the Arthur and Mary Wright Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in non-Western History (2017).  Her research interests include maritime East Asia and Buddhist economies. Her first book, tentatively titled Networks of Faith and Profit: Sino-Japanese Exchanges, 839 - 1403, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Li is currently working on her second project "Sacred Crafts: Artisans and Buddhist Monasteries in China and Japan, 960 - 1368." She is also a member of the working group "Abilities and Authorities" at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

She earned her BA (2008) and MA (2011) from Peking University. In 2014-15, she was a Japan Foundation Fellow at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University.


Courses Taught

  • Sources of Chinese Tradition
  • Texts in Chinese Art and Culture
  • Culture and Heritage of East Asia
  • The Study of Dunhuang
  • Chinese Civilization: History and Philosophy (GE)

Research Interests/Areas

East Asian Maritime History

Sino-Japanese Relations

Material Culture

Buddhist Monastic Economy