sport for development and peace (SDP), globalization of sport, sport and immigration & refugees
Zikun Li is a PhD candidate at the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Sport Management from Beijing Sport University (China) and a Master's degree in Sport Management from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Currently, Zikun is pursuing an interdisciplinary doctoral program with a specialization in Sport for Development and Peace (SDP).
Zikun's research interests primarily focus on the sociological and psychological aspects of sports, approaching them as an intervention strategy. She is currently investigating topics such as the globalization of sports, the Olympic Games, and the intersections between sports, immigration, and refugees.
At the IIR, Zikun primarily collaborates with Dr. Marissa Kiss and Dr. James Witte on research projects related to immigrant athletes.