Dr. Liu’s academic interests include public policy, agenda setting, public management, environmental policy, and comparative policy analysis. His research focuses on how individual and collective policy actors define public problems, perceive risks, set policy agendas, and make decisions in politics and policy processes.
Dr. Liu has published numerous research articles in peer-referred journals, including Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Governance, Public Management Review, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Review of Policy Research, Risk Analysis, Journal of Risk Research, Global Environmental Change, Environmental Science and Policy, Climatic Change, China Quarterly, and Journal of Contemporary China. He is author of the book Modeling Bilateral International Relations (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006).
Dr. Liu is also affiliated with Inner Mongolia University’s School of Public Administration as a Changjiang Scholar Visiting Chair Professor, and Peking University’s Institute for State Governance Studies as a Research Fellow. Prior to joining the Bush School at Texas A&M University in 2003, Dr. Liu was a faculty member at Peking University and the University of Washington, Bothell. He received his PhD in political science from Texas A&M University and MA and BA degrees from Peking University.
With over $15 million in externally funded research grants, the Institute focuses on interdisciplinary research in selected areas of science, technology, and policy analysis.