Dr. Yitan Li’s love for East Asian politics and the Midwest led him to Missouri State.
Li is a native of Shandong, China, and an alumnus of the global studies graduate program. An advertisement for the program sparked Li’s interest while he was completing his undergraduate degree at Qingdao University in China.
“I had always been interested in East Asian politics before I started my study at Missouri State,” said Li. “Plus the political science department has one of the best scholars in East Asian politics, so I decided to pursue my degree in this area.”
Missouri State provided a list of positives including location, “Springfield is one of the best places to learn American culture. MSU has a friendly campus community and an excellent political science faculty committed to provide a global education to their students,” said Li.
Courses offered by the global studies graduate program provided Li with a very solid foundation for pursuing his PhD in political science. “I consider MSU the place where my professional career took off, so it has had a very significant impact on me,” he said.
Now an assistant professor of political science at Seattle University, Li teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics and international political economy.
Li enjoys helping his students build on their foundation of knowledge. “I love interacting with students and pass on to them what I know about international relations,” he said.
In addition to East Asian politics, Li has been active in doing research on international political economy and foreign policy analysis.