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, material culture, and the Buddhist monastic economy. Her first book, Networks of Faith and Profit: Monks, Merchants, and Exchanges between China and Japan, 839 - 1403, is forthcoming in 2023 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 "Ability and Authority" at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Dept III.

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.

李怡文博士現任香港城市大學中文及歷史學系的助理教授。她於美國耶魯大學取得博士學位,並且她的博士論文榮獲Arthur and Mary Wright最佳非西方史學論文獎(2017)。她的研究興趣包括東亞海域史、物質文化史、以及佛教寺院經濟史。她的第一本專著, Networks of Faith and Profit: Monks, Merchants, and Exchanges between China and Japan, 839 - 1403,將於2023年由劍橋大學出版社發行。

李怡文博士現在正在開展另一項關於佛寺與工匠的研究。她同時也是德國馬克普朗克科技史研究所“Ability and Authority”這一工作小組的成員。



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 (Talents Program GE)

Research Interests/Areas

East Asian Maritime History

Sino-Japanese Relations

Material Culture

Buddhist Monastic Economy

Membership of Professional Bodies

Elected Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland