Li Ling

Nonresident Fellow

China

Li Ling is a Nonresident Fellow with the China Program at the Stimson Center. From 2009 until September 2021, Ling directed the Luce Scholars Program, Henry Luce Foundation’s flagship fellowship program, and concurrently served in a grantmaking role for the Foundation’s Asia Program. Previously he served as the director of transnational initiatives at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and practiced law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, both in New York. He also worked for the International Organization for Migration, an intergovernmental agency, as a program officer in its Geneva Headquarters and Washington, D.C. and Vienna Missions. A native of Wuhan, China, Ling studied at the Institute of International Relations in Beijing from 1988-1991 and returned to Beijing in 1996 to serve as the Special Assistant to the Bureau Chief of the New York Times. He has a B.A. in comparative literature from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in international relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School. Ling has translated books on art and literature for a Chinese audience, including The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa by Michael Kimmelman, and Confessions of a Young Novelist by Umberto Eco.

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