Tonglu Li

Associate Professor of Chinese


Dept:World Languages And Cultures
Office:2244 Pearson
505 Morrill Rd.
Ames IA


I am Associate Professor of Chinese in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State University. I received his Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. My primary research area is 20th century Chinese literature and intellectual history, with a focus on the issues of enlightenment, nationalism, violence, ideological and religious faith, etc. I have been publishing on Asia Major, Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Modern Language Quarterly and Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies. Please click my Vita to see my publications. Currently, I am working on a book project about the relationship of religion and literature in post-socialist China. Through analyzing the different literary representation of religion, I explore in what ways the formerly repressed social institution contributes to the imagination of a spiritual life in modern China. At Iowa State, I teach Chinese language, business, literature, film and cultural traditions both in English and Chinese, with a goal to broaden students’ intellectual horizon and spiritual outlook. Collaborating with my colleagues, I also led the effort to create our year-long study abroad program at Lanzhou Jiaotong University in Lanzhou, China. My hobby includes reading, traveling, Chinese calligraphy, and photography.