Communication Studies

Dr. Nan Li

Associate Professor
  • PhD (2008) – Communication, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • MS (2004) – Communication, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • BE (1999) – China University of Geoscience

"Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous." –The Analects, Confucius

After graduating from college with a bachelor's degree in engineering, I worked in a start–up dotcom company at the time when the Internet industry was first booming around the world. This experience led to my interest in communication and technology, and later to graduate studies in communication at University of Colorado, Boulder. During my 6 years there, I developed a research interest in globalization and organizational communication.

Professional Affiliations

  • International Communication Association
  • National Communication Association

Courses Frequently Taught

  • CMST370 – Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • CMST472 – Leadership and Decision Making
  • CMST482 – Advanced Communication and Career Skills

Current Interests

Generally speaking, I'm interested in making sense of this diversifying and globalizing world that we live in today. Is what's happening an "end of history," "clash of civilization," or something else? Standing where we are, how can we make sense of both the future and the past? How should we relate to the world and to one an"Other?" Being an organizational communication scholar, I'm in particular interested in the roles transnational corporations play in today's society.