Interviews & Reviews

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


The Watermark
Review by Shir Bach, 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

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


Publishers Weekly
Review of Wondrous Transformations
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

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.