Economics Professor Receives Fulbright to Research in China

Monday, June 11, 2012

Li Qi, associate professor of economics at Agnes Scott College, has been selected as a Fulbright Research Scholar, a prestigious national program for U.S. faculty to research abroad. A record-tying four Agnes Scott College students also were selected this year to receive U.S. Student Fulbright Fellowships to teach abroad.
Li Qi
Qi will spend seven months as a visiting scholar with the China Center of Economic Research at Peking University in Beijing. While there, she will collaborate with experts in public health and economics to study the health care access of China’s migrant workers.

“China has a vast population of migrant workers without access to health care or insurance,” Qi said. “We want to use a field survey to study their healthcare needs and usage patterns. Based on that information, we’ll see what policies would best serve this population.”

Qi also has studied health care access for migrant workers in the U.S., specifically Georgia, thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health, and plans to use that research to inform her work on migrant workers in China.

“This is a global issue. I think countries can learn from each other on how best to handle it,” Qi added.

"Professor Qi's Fulbright adds to the distinctiveness of Agnes Scott College in the area of public health," said Carolyn J. Stefanco, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. "Our new undergraduate major in public health incorporates a global perspective in keeping with the college's commitment to 'the world for women,’ and Qi's research will serve the students she teaches, as well as advance international scholarship on migrant workers and health care,” Stefanco explained.

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields or to participate in seminars. The Fulbright Program is a flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and designed “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Since its establishment in 1946 the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.