Dr. Huaiyin Li is Professor of History and Asian Studies and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include modern Chinese history, contemporary Chinese economy and politics, agrarian studies, and global history. Professor Li is the author of three books, including Village Governance in North China, 1875-1936 (Stanford University Press, 2005) and Village China Under Socialism and Reform: A Microhistory, 1948-2008 (Stanford University Press, 2009), which won the 2009 Cecil B. Currey Book Award from the Association of Third World Studies, the 2010 Award for Academic Excellence from the Chinese Historians in the United States, and the 2010 Robert W. Hamilton Book Runner-Up Award from University of Texas at Austin. His most recent book, Reinventing Modern China: Imagination and Authenticity in Chinese Historical Writing (University of Hawaii Press, 2013), received the Robert W. Hamilton Book Runner-Up Award from University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Professor Li is working on a trilogy about China’s transformation from an empire under the Qing into a nation-state and a global power in the modern era, focusing on a macro-historical analysis of China’s ever-changing geopolitical setting, fiscal-military constitution, and identity building from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries.