Yandong Li (he/him)

Graduate Student
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Contact Information


MA, Critical Urban Studies, Parsons, The New School
BA, Sociology and Geography, Memorial University (Canada)


Yandong is a PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies and the program of Science, Technology, and Society Studies at the University of Washington. He works at the intersection of media theory, history of technology, history of design, and environmental humanities. 

In 2024-25 academic year, he will be a visiting graduate scholar at Johns Hopkins University (History of Science and Technology), and a pre-doctoral fellow at Max Planck Institute, KHI (Art History Institute Florence). His work has been supported by a Presidential Dissertation Fellowship at UW, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (Intersecting Energy Culture Award, 2023), Linda Hall Library in Science, Engineering and Technology (2023-24 Fellow), University of Stavanger, Norway (2022 Greenhouse Green Transition Fellow), the Simpson Center for Humanities (2024-25 Society of Scholars Summer Fellow, and 2021 Digital Humanities Summer Fellow), Boeing/ Fritz International Research (2022 Fellow), China Studies Program Fellowship (2024) at UW, and Parsons School of Design (Dean's Scholarship, 2016-18).

His writings appeared (and are forthcoming) in Modernism/modernity Print Plus, Journal of Environmental Media, NiCHE, and The Lab Book (entry for the "Cultural Techniques" chapter), among others. He is also a guest co-editor of a special issue on “Energy and Media” for the Journal of Chinese Cinemas.