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Li Ma

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Li Ma

Li Ma is a researcher, consultant and award-winning author. She is passionate about social justice issues, particularly the intersections of class, gender and race. She brings over a decade of experience in higher education and global nonprofit development. Li takes a data-driven, intersectional, and entrepreneurial approach to solving complex problems about how disadvantaged communities can be empowered. Her research and consulting expertise includes urban poverty, women’s rights, (im)migrant community development, inter-cultural communication, and nonprofit entrepreneurism.

Li Ma holds a PhD in sociology from Cornell University, where she specialized on how discrimination gets institutionalized and why a caste-like system exists across different human societies. Since then, Li has worked on many research projects, which led to the publishing of seven scholarly books. She has also provided consultation to many global nonprofits and thinktanks. In her spare time, Li and her family enjoy going to art events, walking nature trails, and cooking good Chinese food.

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