Yuan Li is a Professor of English at the Faculty of English Language and Culture, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China. She earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from Beijing Normal University in 2004. She started her academic career as a lecturer and later became an associate professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, where she co-founded the first Irish Studies Centre in China in 2007.
Yuan Li served as an academic visitor at Cambridge University, UK, from 2008 to 2009 and held the position of a postdoctoral fellow in the English Department of Harvard University from 2013 to 2014. She is an alumna of the Harvard Mellon School of Theatre and Performance Research (attended in 2014 and 2022).
Currently, she is an academic advisor to Guangzhou Drama Centre and a member of the IASIL bibliography committee. Professor Li's teaching and research interests encompass Contemporary Chinese and Anglo-Irish drama and theatre, translation studies, and comparative literature. Her published books include An Aesthetic Dandy: A Study of Oscar Wilde (author, Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press 2008), By the Bog of Cats… (translator, Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press 2010; Translation Grant Program by Literature Ireland), A History of 20th Century Irish Drama and Theatre (author, The Commercial Press 2019), Franz Kafka and Chinese Culture (translator, London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2022; Sponsored by Chinese Fund for the Humanities and Social Sciences). She has contributed articles to journals such as Asian Theatre Journal, New Theatre Quarterly, Journal of Popular Culture, Foreign Literature Review, Foreign Literature, and Foreign Literature Quarterly.