Yifan Li is a PhD student specializing in modern Chinese art and visual culture with a broader interest in the art of Qing-dynasty to contemporary China. Yifan’s current research centers on materiality and transnationality, the artistic exchange between China and the US, and art and politics in Mao-era China. He was trained in mainland China (Nanjing University), Taiwan (National Chengchi University), and Hong Kong (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) and obtained his MA in the History of Art, Design, and, Visual Culture from the University of Alberta, Canada. He wrote an MA thesis entitled “Making the Qianlong Emperor’s Private Garden: Imperialization of the Lion Grove in Eighteenth-Century China” and served as Collections Assistant at the Mactaggart Art Collection of the University of Alberta Museums. Yifan’s work has been presented at such venues as the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs Annual Meeting, and Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference in Premodern Chinese Humanities. He also participated in the Mellon Chinese Object Study Workshop at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (2018) and the Korean Art Workshop for Graduate Students in South Korea (2019).