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Research and Teaching Interests

Demography, Sociology of Aging, Technology and Social Change, Social Stratification, Global Aging Issues and Policies, Urban Sociology, and Medical Sociology.

Current Research

My major concentration and publications include areas of international aging studies between America and China, the elderly people's housing and their children's attitudes toward the arrangements for their elderly parents, evaluation studies on institutionalized care facilities and services, and the elderly and middle aged people's attitudes toward Social Security and Medicare reformation. I am also interested in the middle aged population's preparation for their future retirement, home care-giving to Alzheimer's patients and evaluations on caregivers' pressures when offering care for their family members with Alzheimer's disease. I also study cross-cultural comparisons between the development of mediated communication (email, internet, cell phone and text messaging) and people's quality of life.

Academic Degrees

  • B.S. English, Beijing Union University, Beijing, China
  • M.S. Sociology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Ph.D. Sociology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa


  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Stratification
  • Population
  • Sociology of Aging
  • Technology and Social Change
  • Urban Sociology
  • Medical Sociology
  • Global Aging Issues and Policies

Selected Publications

  • Li, Yushi (Boni), Global Aging Issues and Policies – Understanding the Importance of Comprehending and Studying the Aging Process. Published by Charles C. Thomas Publisher. Ltd. 2013.
  • Li, Yushi (Boni), Emigrating from China to the United States—A Comparison of Different Social Experiences. Published by Charles C. Thomas Publisher. Ltd, 2010.
  • Li, Yushi (Boni), “Health reform in urban China.” The Journal of World Health and Population Vol.12:1. 2010.
  • Li, Yushi (Boni), “Cell phone: As the most important interactive communication device in today’s China.”  The Journal of Technology in Society. Vol. 31 (1), Pp.53-55, 2009. 
  • Li, Yushi (Boni) and Annie Buechel, “Study of American and Chinese family members’ evaluations on institutionalized care for their older parents: Potential development in the future.” Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. Vol. 30:2. Pp.176-198. 2007.