Richie Li

Richie Li
Sociology of Religion
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Ph.D., Sociology, expected May 2022
M.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 2020
M.A. Political Science, Boston College, 2018
M.A. Politics, Claremont Graduate University, 2015
L.L.B., China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), 2012


Ruiqian (Richie) Li is currently a PhD candidate (ABD) in sociology of religion at Baylor University and a research associate at the Association of Religion Data Archives (theARDA) at Penn State University. His diverse academic backgrounds in law, public policy, political science, and sociology allows him to conduct cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and mixed-method studies of the highest quality on salient social and political issues regarding political cultures and moral orders in the United States. His research interests focus on how nationalism, xenophobia, and public religion influence democracy and social solidarity in the United States. Richie Li also holds professional certificates in survey design, advanced statistical modeling, and computational social science from University of Michigan and University of California, Davis.

Richie’s dissertation is not only ground-breaking in theory and methodology in literature but also pave the way for a more balanced, comprehensive, and objective public discourse on CN than related popular scholarship does. Using advanced statistical learning methods such as SEM, Mixture modeling, and semi-supervised machine learning methods, the study examines two key dimensions in Christian Nationalism (CN)—Christian Statism and Religious Traditionalism, how the two dimensions root in distinct religio-political habitus, and how they inform different, even opposite political behaviors and intergroup relationships. A paper collaborated with Dr. Paul Froese, based on a chapter of the dissertation, is now under review by American Sociological Review.

Beyond dissertation, Richie’s outstanding theoretical knowledge and statistical skills in social sciences allow him to collaborate with sociologists, public health scholars, political scientists, and computational social scientists nationwide on projects about gun culture, public mental health during COVID-19, international relations, and even electric vehicles. Many of projects Richie participated are regularly selected to present on paper sessions at high-profile national conferences in social sciences such as annual meetings of American Sociological Association, American Political Science Association, and Advances in Human Factors and Systems Interaction. Richie was also invited to give guest lecture and talk about his own research. And his study on Islamophobia, white identity politics, and ethnocultural nationalism won the First-Place award in the 2020 research paper competition by ICPSR.

Apart from researching, Richie works for the Association of Religious Data Archive (theARDA). It gives him sufficient knowledge and experience to deal with data across a wide range of social science disciplines. He is a devoted teacher as well. His Introduction to Sociology at Baylor receive good student evaluation, And he co-lectured several project-based learning courses on American culture and inequality with Dr. Shamus Khan from Princeton University for Chinese students from top-ranking international high schools and universities such as Peking University. These lecturing, co-lecturing, and presentation experience sharpen his skills of communication with and public speaking to diverse audiences.

Recent Publications

Ruiqian Li. “Religion in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.” Book chapter in The Nightmire of Mr. Science, The People’s Oriental Press, Beijing, China. 315-328 (in Chinese Only).

Richie Li's Full Curriculum Vitae.

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