Yunxin Li received her B.A. and M.A. from Peking University, where she focused on Chinese philology and the history of books. Her current research examines the inner court and its place in the politics of the Han empire. Based on transmitted texts, excavated manuscripts, and archaeological evidence, she approaches the inner court from the perspectives of space, gender, social relations, institution, and comparative study of empires. She is collaborating with researchers at the University of Notre Dame on a digital humanities project that aims to create structured biographical data and social networks of early Chinese empires.
Yunxin's research has been supported by Stanford Center at Peking University, Stanford Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, and the Mellon Foundation. Her teaching experience involves world history, gender, and Chinese history. In Winter 2020, she taught her self-designed course, History 91S, "Before Footbinding: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Early and Medieval China".