Gloria Elsa Li was born and raised in Perú, and graduated from the University of Trujillo with a B.A. in Philosophy and Social Sciences. She obtained her M.A. from the University of Arizona with a major in Golden Age Spanish Literature and a minor in Portuguese Literature. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1995 with a major in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature, and minors in Golden Age Spanish Literature and Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature.
She has been teaching at Santa Clara University since 1979, and has also taught at Stanford University, San José State University, and the University of Arizona.
Gloria Elsa Li, La expresión artística en las novelas de protesta social de Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. Trujillo, Perú: Universidad Nacional de Trujillo Press, 1999. "Bernice Zamora: Interview." Chicana (W)rites: On Word and Film. Eds. María Herrera-Sobek and Helena María Viramontes. Berkeley: Third Woman Press, 1995. 283-303.