Zhou (Julie) Li


I received my Bachelor’s degrees from both Sichuan International Studies University (Chongqing, China) and Dickinson State University (Dickinson, ND). I was in Dickinson for one-year exchange student program, and there I picked up the major of Communication Studies. But back in China during my college study, my major was English Translation. I got my Master’s in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

I dreamt of becoming a lawyer when I was a little girl and really enjoyed the feeling of convincing others. But after I missed the chance to get into a law school in China, I lost my way for quite a long time. Luckily, I found my interest again after I was exposed in Communication Studies at DSU.

During the two-year Master’s study in UNL, I found myself interested in looking at different forms of political communication in terms of leadership, especially the contrast and comparison of leadership in China and the United States. Meanwhile, I also want to explore if public spheres and counterpublics exist in a highly-censored context, like China.

In my free time, I enjoy hanging out and watching movies with friends, or maybe just staying home and doing the cleaning stuff. I would love to empty my head and really relax when not studying.