College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Li Jian (Lee)

  • Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, Anthropology

    Faculty - Associate Professor of Anthropology


    Cultural Anthropology


    Ph.D. (2000), University of Kansas

    Research Interests

    Applied Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Rural Development, Rural Health, China


    Li, Jian, 2013, “China and Climate Change: Environmental Impacts, Human Security, and Mitigation Policies and Actions.” In: Climate Change, sustainable Development and Human Security: A Comparative Analysis. Dhirendra K. Vajpeyi, ed., pp. 111-138. Lexington Books of the Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

    Li Jian. 2011. “The Decline of Household Pig Farming in Rural Southwest China: Socioeconomic Obstacles and Policy Implications.” Culture & Agriculture 32 (2):61-77. (This article was first published online on December 16, 2010)

    Li Jian. 2009. “Socioeconomic Barriers to Biogas Development in Rural Southwest China: An Ethnographic Case Study.” Human Organization v68 (4): 415-430. (This article has also been adapted into a section entitled “Examples of Applied Anthropology: Socioeconomic Barrier to Biogas in China” in two textbooks: Cultural Anthropology: An Applied Perspective [9th Edition] and Elements of Culture: An Applied Perspective [1st Edition]. The two textbooks were published by Wadsworth Cengage Learning respectively in 2012 and 2013)

    Li Jian. 2008. “Economic Costs of Serious Illness in Rural Southwest China: Household Coping Strategies and Health Policy Implications.” Human Organization v 67 (2):151-163.

    Li Jian. 2007. “Health Equity and Sustainable Development: The Impact of Economic Growth on People’s Health in Rural Southwest China.” In: Globalization, Governance, and Technology: Challenges and Alternatives. Dhirendra K. Vajpeyi and Renu Khator, eds., pp. 244-269. Deep & Deep Publications PVT. LTD.

    Li Jian. 2007. “Contemporary Theory in Medical Anthropology: Continuity, Transformation, and Growth.” The Journal of Xiangnan University v 28 (6):17-21.

    Li Jian. 2006. “Medical Anthropology and Schistosomiasis Control.” The Chinese Journal of Schistosomiasis Control v 18 (2):157-160.

    Li Jian. 2006. “Excreta Disposal, Agricultural Use of Night Soil, and the Pandemic of Schistosomiasis in the Yangtze River Valley: 1905-1949.” The Journal of Changsha University of Hydroelectric Power v 21 (4):140-143.

    Li Jian. 2006. “Reemergence of Schistosomiasis in China.” Anthropology News, American Anthropological Association v 47(3):19-20. (This essay has also been adapted into a textbook section entitled “Evaluating the Health Effects of Agricultural Development” in Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective[5th Edition]. This textbook was published by Westview Press in 2009)

    Li Jian. 2004. “History, Theory, and Practice: An Overview of Medical Anthropology in North America.” Journal of SESA v 1 (2004):32-36.

    Li Jian. 2004. “Crossing over Mountains are Still Mountains: The Religion of the Yao in the Golden Triangle.” China’s Ethnic Groups v 1 (04):76-81. 

    Li Jian. 2002. “Cogon-thatched Cottages and Iron-sheet Roofed Houses: Development in a Yao Mountain Village in Northern Thailand.” Culture & Agriculture v 23(3):24-40. 

    Li Jian. 2001. “Development and Tribal Agricultural Economy: A Case Study in a Yao Mountain Village in Northern Thailand.” Human Organization v 60(1):80-94.

    Li Jian. 1999. “The Yao People in Thailand.” The Journal of Central University for Nationalities v 123 (1):44-59.