Office: (269) 387-3414
3519 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5424
Department of Geography
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5424 USA
Ph.D., Planning, University of Waterloo, 2007
M.S., Statistics, Yunnan University, 1997
B.S., Statistics, Yunnan University, 1994
Dr. Li Yang is an active researcher in the field of travel and tourism. Her research career to date has focused on tourism planning and development issues with an emphasis on ethnic tourism. Subjects have ranged from analysis of tourism impacts, destination planning and related socio-cultural issues, and tourism demand management, to a most recently funded effort to examine rural tourism. She has been involved in many research projects and has obtained university and governmental grants and awards. She has published over 30 refereed articles in leading international journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Current Issues in Tourism, Tourism Geographies, and Journal of Cultural Geography. She has also served on the Editorial board for the International Journal of Tourism Anthropology and has been invited to serve as an expert reviewer for numerous well-respected academic journals.
Dr. Yang also enjoys teaching and mentoring students, and considers it as an important component of her career. Her goal as a teacher is to provide students with a solid understanding of fundamental theories and concepts complemented by independent problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. She encourages students to learn through "hands-on" experience with laboratory exercises, field data collection, independent and group research projects. She has taught and developed new teaching materials and pedagogy for five major geography courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels at WMU including Introduction to Tourism, Tourism Planning and Development, Monsoon Asia, Planning History and Theory, and Spatial Analysis. In addition to teaching, she has also served on many thesis committees for graduate students.