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Ke Li

I am a PhD Candidate at Indiana University, Bloomington. Currently, I am pursuing a joint PhD in Sociology and Criminal Justice. My research centers on the intersections of law, inequality, and power in transitional societies. This interest currently takes shape in two research projects, both of which focus on social changes in contemporary China and the corresponding impact on bedrock institutions such as marriage, court, and the state. The first project, based on my dissertation, investigates the rise of divorce litigation among Chinese couples in order to understand its repercussions for citizens’ access to justice, gender relationships, and state power. The second project, as an extension of the dissertation, examines three research topics: the delivery of legal services, the improvement of court performance, and the reforms of marital legislation in modern China. Please find more information about my research at