About Alison

Alison Li at desk
Photo: Diana Renelli

Alison Li is an historian of science and medicine who writes about medical research, hormones, and the culture in which they were shaped. Her book, Wondrous Transformations, is the story of Dr. Harry Benjamin (1885-1986), best known for his pioneering work in transgender medicine.

Alison has a BSc in biochemistry and an MA and PhD in the history and philosophy of science and technology. She takes great pleasure in bringing the wonder of science to a non-specialist audience, especially those who feel that science is not for them. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. She is grateful to live and work on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.