Yutong Li studies Chinese visual culture from the sixteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “The Aesthetics of Alterity: Depictions of the Foreign Other in Jiangnan and Coastal China, 1550s–1660s,” centers on understudied commoditized paintings and highlights the agency of local art markets in shaping ethnocultural consciousness about Self and Other. Her research interests include popular visual culture, race and gender studies, and transregional art and cultural histories in East Asia.
She received her B.A. in philosophy from the University of Virginia. She then got her M.A. in East Asian History of art and Archaeology and Intensive Language (Japanese) from SOAS, University of London, where she received the Frederick Richter Memorial Postgraduate Prize for her thesis “Bridging the Dichotomy: The Synthesis of Literati and Popular Culture in Late Ming Illustrations of the Story of the Western Wing.”
She has worked as the McCrindle Intern for the Asian Art department at the Princeton University Art Museum to prepare for a personal project of an online exhibition titled “The Spectacular Other.”