Interviews & Reviews

Reviews of Wondrous Transformations

Social History of Medicine
Review of Wondrous Transformations, Social History of Medicine, April 20, 2024

 On Li’s telling, Benjamin’s life serves as a fascinating vehicle for the story of hormones in the twentieth-century medical and cultural imagination…. Skilfully composed as a scholarly trade book, Wondrous Transformations will be an important book for historians of medicine, usable in university courses, but also accessible to a wide non-specialist audience interested in the transgender revolution.

Robert Brain, Social History of Medicine

Review of Wondrous Transformations in Choice, June 2024, Vol. 61 No. 10

This thoughtful, thoroughly researched history provides a foundation and a lens through which to better understand contemporary issues of gender identity. 

J.M. Morris, Choice

The Watermark
Review of Wondrous Transformations in The Watermark, XLVII no. 1 (Winter 2024), pg 23-26

Wondrous Transformations excels at painting a vibrant portrait of Benjamin….Li’s engaging prose harnesses the affordances allowed in biography to craft an engrossing narrative. She has done an admirable job in bringing the two halves of Benjamin’s career together, and her work is a great service to the fields of trans history and the history of hormones.”

Shir bach, The watermark

Publishers Weekly
Review of Wondrous Transformations in Publishers Weekly, October 2, 2023

“Li’s accessible account narrates many intriguing episodes and conjunctures in the rise of transgender medicine…the result is a smart and highly readable contribution to transgender studies.”

Publishers weekly


CBC Information Morning – Nova Scotia
With Preston Mulligan, “The history of transgender health care”
March 12, 2024

Making Gay History Podcast
Conversation with Eric Marcus
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January 17, 2024

“Howl” on CIUT-FM
Interview with Valentino Assenza
December 5, 2023

CBC Radio ONE – Fresh Air
With Ismaila Alfa – “Trans issues are not a modern phenomenon”
November 19, 2023

CityTV’s Breakfast Television
Conversation with Tammie Sutherland
November 17, 2023

NewsTalk 1010 AM Radio in Toronto
Interview with Reshmi Nair on The Rush
November 13, 2023

Book Q&A with Deborah Kalb
“Q&A with Alison Li”
September 28, 2023

Quill & Quire Author Profile
“Alison Li on her biography of transgender medical pioneer Harry Benjamin”
September 20, 2023

BBC World Service – The Forum
“Insulin: the discovery that transformed diabetic care” – Broadcast May 29, 2022

I joined Bridget Kendall, Dr. Viktor Joergens, and Dr. Kersten Hall for a round table discussion of the discovery and development of insulin.

Defining Moments Canada & Life and Times of Sir Frederick Banting Podcast
100 Years of Insulin, Special episode – November 14, 2021

Jim and Bob Banting created this special episode of their podcast, “Life and Times of Sir Frederick Banting” in partnership with Defining Moments Canada. I joined Dr. Christopher Rutty, Grant Maltman, the curator of the Banting House National Historic Site, and Defining Moments Canada Director Jennifer Terry to discuss the legacy of the insulin discovery.

CBC Edmonton, Radio Active – January 14, 2021
“Canadian professor gaining recognition for role in discovering insulin 100 years ago”

I spoke with Madeline Cummings at CBC about J.B. Collip’s key role in the discovery of insulin.