Research Affiliate

Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Chongqing University

Na Li, known as Lina to her UMass community, joined the Public History program while working on her doctorate in Urban & Regional Planning. Her research focuses on public history and urban preservation. In 2010, her article “Urban Landscapes as Public History: The Chinese Context” appeared in The Public Historian. In 2012, her article, “Preservation” appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning. Her upcoming book, Kensington Market: Collective Memory, Public History, and Toronto’s Urban Landscape (University of Toronto Press, 2015) incorporates collective memory in urban landscape interpretation, and suggests a culturally sensitive narrative approach to urban built environment. Now in her role as a Research Fellow at Chongqing University and Adjunct Professor at Shanghai Normal University, Lina is pioneering to establish public history in China.