Wankun Li

Wankun Li



Ph.D. Candidate, School of History, University of Leeds, 2015- present. Thesis Topic: War, Trade and Socialism: Grain Control in Rural Chongqing, 1937-1953

M.A., History, 2010-2013, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Thesis: The Grain Market and Government Control: Preparations of the Unified Purchase and Sale Policy in Jiangjin County, Chongqing

B.A., History, 2006-1010, Yunnan University. Thesis: Forestland Property Rights in Yunnan Province in the Qing Dynasty

Journal Articles
(forth coming) “Shoulder Poles and Bombs: Grain Market Controls in Rural Chongqing (1949-1953)”, Chinese Historical Review 26, no.2 (2019)
(2013) “Limited Marketization: A Study of the Wugu / Five Cereals Society in Modern Southern Zhejiang Province”,co-authored with Zhang Yi, Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 9, 138-148.
(2013) “Increasing the Levy on Big Families: The Movement of Grain Levies in Jiangjin County in 1950” , co-authored with Cao Shuji, Modern Chinese History Studies, Vol. 4, 94-109.
(2013) “Reduce Rent and Return deposits Movement in Jiangjin County”, co-authored with Cao Shuji and Zheng Binbin. Journal of Tsinghua University - Philosophy and Social Sciences, Vol. 28, Issue 4, 54-69.
(2012) “Granary, Market and Institution: The Preparations of the Unified Purchase and Sale Policy – the research on the Jiangjin County”, co-authored with Cao Shuji. Journal of Chinese Communist Party History Studies, Vol.3, 83-93.

Book, Book Chapter and Book Reviews
(2015) Dorothy J. Solinger: Regional Government and Political Integration in Southwest China, 1949-1954: A Case Study. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977. SinoMondiale website.

(2013) Cun Fu Poetry Notes: Learning Chinese Poetry from Yuan Mei and Qian Zhongshu, co-authored with Pan Xinghui and Sun Mengmeng. Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Book Co.

(2013) “Reduce Rent and Return Deposits Movement in Jiangjin County”, co-authored with Cao Shuji and Zheng Binbin. In Xu Xiuli and Wang Xianming ed., Crisis and Reconstruction of Chinese Modern Rural Areas: Revolution, Reform and Others  (Beijing: Shehui kexue wenxian chubanshe, 432-462.

(2012) “A Preliminary Research of Leprosy: The Fieldwork of Leprosy in Sipsongpanna and Pu’er areas, Yunnan” . In Historical Geography Institute, Xi’nan University ed., Chinese Fieldwork , Vol. 5, (Chengdu: Sichuan chuban jituan, Bashu shushe)

Select Conference Papers
(2018) “Chinese Oil and American Money: Local Economy and International Aid in Chongqing.” The 2018 American Historical Association Annual Conference. Washington D.C. 
(2017) “Nationalist Rural Reconstruction Movement and American Aid: The Sino-American Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction (JCRR) in Rural Sichuan (1948-1950).” British Association for Chinese Studies 2017. Glasgow.
(2016) “Oil and Power: Wanxian Incidents and Anti-British Movements in 1920s Chongqing.” Joint East Asian Studies Conference 2016. SOAS, University of London. 
(2015) The 2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR). The History and Public Policy Program of Wilson Centre and George Washington University.
(2014) “Market, Price of Grain and Government Control: The preparation process of state-planned purchase and marketing policies — a case study of Jiangjin County”. Cold Front: The Chinese Cold War Experience in Comparison. Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK. (In absentia)

Media Work
(2017) “Corrupt Colleagues and Family Ties: Xi’s Lesson from the Gao Gang Affair”, co-authored with Dr. Adam Cathcart, Asia Dialogue.
(2015) “From Cairo to Chongqing: Global vs. Local Histories of the Second Sino-Japanese War in the PRC”, co-authored with Dr. Adam Cathcart, Asia Dialogue.
(2015) “Unrest in the Southwest: The Fight to Join the High-speed Rail Network”, co-authored with Dr. Adam Cathcart, Asia Dialogue

(2015) Seminars talks on HIST 2658 Mao Zedong and Modern China. “Chinese Communist Party’s agricultural policy and Mao’s power centralisation in 1950s”. University of Leeds.
(2015) Giving a split lecture with Dr. Adam Cathcart on HIST 1210 Modern World History. “Great Fled to Hong Kong in 1950s”. University of Leeds.
(2014) Designed and leaded the model 1950s Chinese Counties’ Archives Research (level 2) for master students. Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
(2014) A lecture for Undergraduate Students on Dissertation Writing and Instruction. Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
(2011-2013) Seminars talks on Modern Chinese History (level 1) for undergraduates. Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

(2018) Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Doctoral Fellowship (One Year).
(2018) China Scholarship Council Oversea PhD Student Prize.
(2016) Universities' China Committee in London Grant.
(2015) School of History and IMS PhD Scholarship (Three Years), University of Leeds.
(2013) Excellent Graduate Student Studentship, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
(2011) Excellent Teaching Assistant, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Chinese and English

Chongqing, Shanghai, Sichuan and Yunnan provincial, municipal and county-level archives; Chinese Maritime Customs archives; U.S. National Archives and UK National Archives.

Research interests

My research focuses on Chinese modernisation and revolutions, Asian agricultural history and urban/rural trade links in Southwest China, as well as global wartime economy and planned economies. My thesis is entitled “War, Trade and Socialism: Grain Control in Rural Chongqing, 1937-1953”, studying the relationship between the Chinese Nationalist Government’s wartime grain supplying strategy and the Chinese Communist Party's agricultural centralisation after 1949. My PhD research continues along the lines established in my M.A. studies on Chongqing in the early 1950s, which focused on two fields: Land Reform and subsequent implementation of the state monopoly on grain in rural areas and food ration in cities (Unified Purchase and Sale of Grain Policy, tonggou tongxiao). Basing on my fieldwork experiences , I am also interested in minority groups' history and border history in Southwest China.