University of Pennsylvania
Siyao Li is currently a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a GPEP predoctoral fellow at Georgetown University's Mortara Center for International Studies for the 2020-2021 academic year. Her research focuses on the politics of foreign direct investment and trade, and business-government relations. Her dissertation investigates why and how foreign direct investment into weak institutional environments achieve property protection through host government institutions, especially in terms of technology assets. She is also pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Statistics at the Wharton School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in University Scholars with concentrations in politics and economics, summa cum laude from Baylor University.