Gang Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Leadership
I am keen to explore and understand how human beings become leaders in different spheres of life.

Dr. Li was born and raised in the People's Republic of China. He received his BA in English at Yantai University, China in 2002. Then he worked as an English teacher at Beijing New Oriental School for five years. From 2007 to 2008, Gang attended Cardiff University in the United Kingdom, completing an MSc in Education with distinction as a Chevening Scholar. In 2020, he received his PhD in Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Li's fields of interest include leadership, governance, integration of faith and learning, and international higher education. He is particularly interested in reimagining leadership studies from the perspective of a Christian worldview particularly by reconceptualizing the notion and practices of leadership within the biblical metanarrative.

At the moment, Dr. Li is collaborating with other scholars in the China Innovative Urban-rural Governance Research Network to advance conceptual bases of community leadership in rural China through case study research. 

  • PhD in Educational Studies. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • MSc in Education (Distinction). Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • BA in English. Yantai University, Yantai, China     


  • Leadership
  • International Higher Education
  • Democracy
  • Governance
  • Subjectivity
  • Case Study
  • Research                                                                                                                                                              

Dr. Li frequently shares his research ideas at international conferences. Below is a list of his selected conference presentations:

  • Li, G. (2021, April). Chinese international students’ engagement with large-scale democracy in the United States. Paper presented atthe 65th annual conference of Comparative and International Education Society that was held virtually.
  • Li, G. (2019, April). Reimaging Chinese globally mobile students: Political subjects in the making. Paper presented at the 63rd annual conference of Comparative and International Education Society, San Francisco, United States.
  • Li, G. (2016, July). Shaping Chinese citizens in the United States: A case study of Chinese students’ international education experience from a political perspective. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Li, G. (2015, March). Mapping the interplay between Canada’s International Education Strategy and Chinese students: A governmentality perspective. Paper presented at the 59th annual conference of Comparative and International Education Society, Washington D.C., United States.
  • Li, G. (2014, December). Overseas Mainland Chinese students' engagement with democratic discourses and practices in Canada and the United States. Doctoral research presented at the international conference "China in the Global Academic Landscapes. New Horizons: Topical and Structural Challenges for 2020", Volkswagen Foundation, Hannover, Germany.
  • Li, G. (2014, June). Metaphor matters: Studying Chinese political culture from the perspective of conceptual metaphors. Paper presented at the annual conference of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, Bellingham, WA, United States.
  • Li, G. (2013, May). Qualitative research on China's democratization in the context of neoliberal international higher education. Paper presented at the 9th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL, United States. 

Awards & Honors

  • UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship 2010-2014
  • UK Government Chevening Scholarship 2007-2008 

Recent Publications

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Collaborator, China Innovative Urban-Rural Governance Research Network
  • Member, International Leadership Association
  • Member, Association of Leadership Educators 

  • LDRS 300 Leadership as Service
  • LDRS 302 Historical Concepts and Theories of Leadership
  • LDRS 320 Ethical Decision Making
  • LDRS 330 Leadership in Organizations and Small Groups
  • LDRS 410 Communication: Methods of Persuasion and Positive Influence
  • LDRS 503 Results Based Leadership
  • LDRS 611 Organizational Behaviour