Dr. Liu’s academic interests include public policy, public management, policy agenda setting, environmental and climate change politics, natural resources policy, and comparative policy. He specializes in information processing in politics and policy making with a focus on how individual and collective policy actors (citizens, interest groups, news media, and governments) define public problems, perceive risks, set agendas, and make policy decisions.
In recent years, Dr. Liu has published numerous research articles in peer-referred journals, including Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Policy Studies Journal, Political Research Quarterly, Governance, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Risk Analysis, Global Environmental Change, Environmental Science and Policy, Climatic Change, and Journal of Contemporary China. He is author of the book Modeling Bilateral International Relations (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006).
Dr. Liu is also Changjiang Scholar Visiting Chair Professor at Inner Mongolia University’s School of Public Administration and Senior Research Fellow at Peking University’s Institute for State Governance Studies. 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.