LI, Xiangning 李湘宁

I am a third-year PhD student in the division of social science at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. My research interests are the social and political history of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Before joining Lee-Campbell Research Group, I studied law in Beijing. I examined the legal history and legal practice in grassroots North China between the 1950s and 1980s. My work published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Law and Social Science 《法律与社会科学》 and Twenty-First Century Bimonthly 《二十一世纪》.

I started pursuing my MPhil degree in social science at HKUST in 2015 and joined Lee-Campbell Research Group in the fall of the same year. The China Siqing Social Class Dataset of LC group provides me with the ideal opportunity to explore the society and politics of Mao’s China, by combining my fieldwork experience and sociological training.

My dissertation examines boundaries and categories in grassroots communities in Hebei and Shanxi during the early PRC, 1949 to 1966, on the basis of large-scale administrative household registration data compiled in the mid-1960s during the Siqing Movement and other untapped archival sources.