Amy S. Li, PhD, currently serves as the External Relations Specialist for the Marketing and Communications department at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with a Ph.D. in English from Emory University in 2020, and a B.A. in English and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (and a minor in Music) from Cornell University in 2014.
The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Marketing and Communications department promotes the college’s excellence in research, teaching and care through multi-platform storytelling and marketing. We provide editorial, creative, media and marketing support to the college; produce news and publications; and place our experts and research in media outlets. As the External Relations Specialist, I work with social media, trades media relations, media/PR/training, and more.
(See Amy’s resume for more details.)
In the past, she has worked as a Communications Specialist postdoctoral fellow (2020-2021) at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS), where she also served as a communications specialist for the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC). She additionally worked as a social media manager for Aviary Beauty + Wellness in Atlanta.
Her academic research interests have included science fiction literature and media, with a particular focus on gender, feminism, disability, race, and embodiment (e.g. the portrayal of female bodies and representation of prosthetics in cyberpunk literature). Her dissertation project analyzed Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), episodes from the television shows Orphan Black (2013-2017) and Black Mirror (2011-present), the cyberpunk short stories of William Gibson and “porridge sf” stories of Xia Jia, and critically-acclaimed films Ex Machina (2014) and Get Out (2017). See Research page for more information.
She has taught three courses in the English department at Emory: ENG210W: Major Authors – “Shelley, Atwood, Le Guin”; ENG181: Writing About Literature – “Diversity in Science Fiction”; and ENG101: Expository Writing – “Food, Feelings, & Film.” See Teaching page for more information.
As the 2019-2020 Woodruff Library Digital Humanities Fellow, she worked on a project to digitize punk fanzines from the Stuart A. Rose Library‘s Atlanta Punk Periodical collection. She was also an Associate Editor of Atlanta Studies, an online, open-access peer-reviewed journal.
In her spare time she has self-published a free monthly zine called RIOT GRRRD—available in print and digital form—which focuses on subversive and collaborative media, music, art, and politics. She has also co-created a popular education/educational entertainment project called “Badaptations” which analyzes book-to-film adaptations. See Projects page for more information.