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Biography

Eva has an interdisciplinary background. She holds a PhD in Gender, Media, and Culture (King’s College London), MPhil in Sociology (The University of Hong Kong), and Bachelor of Social Sciences (First Class Honours, The University of Hong Kong). She is specialised in the study of media and culture, gender and sexuality, and fandom and audience reception in the global and transnational contexts.

She is currently working on a monograph on Chinese women’s everyday practice of zhongxing (lit. ‘middle gender/sex’ or ‘neutral gender/sex’) based on her award-winning doctoral dissertation, as well as several articles on Asian popular culture and queer politics. To date, her articles have appeared in books, encyclopedias, and refereed journals.

Prior to joining CMCI, Eva has previously held research and teaching positions at the University of Sheffield and the University of Hong Kong.

Further information is available on her website: www.evacy-li.com

Research Interests and PhD Supervision 

  • Gender, Sexuality, and Intimacy
  • Fandom and Cultural Participation
  • Transnational and Asian Popular Culture
  • Queer Politics and Sexual Citizenship

Eva’s research employs contemporary theories of identities and media consumption to understand the nuanced negotiation and power dynamics of everyday gender, sexuality, and cultural practices. Her research approaches are inductive, qualitative, and ethnographic.

Trained as a sociologist with an interdisciplinary orientation, her research frameworks are informed by interactionist sociology, feminist theory, and queer theory. By critically applying Western theories to the transnational and inter-Asia contexts and seeking out dialogues within and across the fields of cultural studies, media studies, and sociology, she aims to develop new understanding of the interaction between individuals, social institutions, and structural processes that is sensitive to the global, the translocal/transnational, and the local.

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Teaching

Eva's teaching interests include the areas of gender and sexuality, media and consumption, Asian popular culture, and social research methods. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Expertise and Public Engagement 

Eva has been invited to deliver public talks and guest lectures in various institutions in the UK and Asia.

Her recent interview with Sociology Lens on androgynous women in East Asia can be found at http://sociologylens.net/article-types/opinion/early-career-researcher-focus-interview-eva-cheuk-yin-li-gender-performance-east-asia/20862.

She has also written on the issue of migration and the experience of queer Asian women in the UK in the daikon* zine.

Eva would be happy to be contacted for issues related to her areas of research expertise on gender, sexuality, media cultures, and fandom in the transnational and Asian contexts.