Dr. Zhang Li is from the year 2009 to the present full-time professor at the Department of Economics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Beihang University in Beijing. Previously she taught at the Institute of Economics of Nankai University from 2004 to 2009. She obtained her doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
She conducted research at the Sinological Institute, Leiden University, the Netherlands, and from 1986 to 1991 was assistant teacher at the Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). She specializes in global economic history, especially in the Ming and Qing economy and the economy of the transition period to the Chinese modern age.
Among her main academic works we might find the translation of the book, from Chinese to English, The Generalized Virtual Economy: An Economy of the Dualistic Value Rong-Jie State, authored by Lin Zuoming, translated by Zhang Li, Beijing: People publishing house, 2013. Her main monographs are Jingji quanqiuhua de lishi shijiao: di yi ci jingji quanqiuhua yu zhongguo (Economic globalization from the perspective of history: the first economic globalization and China), Zhejiang University Press, 2013; and Fei pinghenghua yu bu pingheng (Disequilibrium and un-equilibrium: transition of the Chinese rural economy from the perspective of the Wuxi rural economy, 1840-1949), Zhonghua shuju, 2010.