Welcome! My name is Siyao Li, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

About me

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. I was also a GPEP predoctoral fellow at Georgetown University's Mortara Center for International Studies for the 2020-2021 academic year.

My research focuses on the politics of foreign direct investment and trade, and business-government relations. My dissertation book project investigates why and how foreign direct investment into weak institutional environments achieve property protection through host government institutions, especially in terms of technology assets. The paper version of my dissertation is a finalist for the GWU-CIBER Best Paper on Emerging Markets Award.

My research has been generously supported by UPenn's GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation, the Teece Award for empirical interdisciplinary scholarship, the Browne Center for International Politics, the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Institute for Humane Studies.

I am also pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Statistics at the Wharton School. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in University Scholars with concentrations in politics and economics, summa cum laude from Baylor University.

Please feel free to reach out at:

siyaoli[at]sas.upenn.edu


Room 446

Ronald O. Perlman Center for Political Science and Economics

133 S. 36th St

Philadelphia, PA