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Dr. Li received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and foreign service in China. In 1988, he graduated from Syracuse University with an M.A. degree in international relations and a Ph.D. in comparative politics from Northern Arizona University in 2000.
Dr. Li has been teaching at the University of Houston-Downtown since 2002. He teaches U.S. Government (I & II), East Asian Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, US Foreign Policy, and International Political Economy. His areas of specialty include China's domestic and foreign policies, China's environmental & wildlife policy, political and social transformation under conditions of economic modernization. He also consults international animal welfare organizations on animal welfare policy issues related to China and other East Asian nations.
Dr. Li has authored articles in refereed journals on China's modernization and its impact on the nation's wildlife policy making and management. These journals include China Information, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, and Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation. He also writes for popular media such as the Houston Chronicle , South China Morning Post, Animal People, All Animals, World Journal, and Southern Chinese News.
Li, Peter. “Exponential Growth, Animal Welfare, Environmental and Food Safety Impact: The Case of China’s Livestock Production.” Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics 22.3 (2009): 217-240.
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