Lan Li

Presidential Scholar of Society and Neuroscience Columbia University

Lan Li is a historian of the body and filmmaker.  She received her PhD in Science Technology and Society Studies from the HASTS program at MIT.  There, she explored a comparative history of body mapping among practitioners in China and Britain throughout the 20th century.  Lan is particularly interested in how representations of peripheral sensation through hand-drawn maps cohered and conflicted with different understandings of health and disease.  As a documentary filmmaker, Lan has also collaborated with integrative practitioners in India, Brazil, and China.  She seeks to expand these collaborations across disciplinary and geographic boundaries.  Lan is an alumna of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and as a new Scholar in the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program, will take on a comparative history of numbness.