- Dr Sarah Liu
- Lecturer in Gender and Politics
- B.2 22 George Square Edinburgh UK Eh8 9LF
- Research Interests
- Gender, women's and social movements, women's political representation, women's political participation, migration and citizenship, media, East Asian politics
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Semester 2 (2018/19): Thursdays 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dr. Sarah Liu is a Lecturer in Gender and Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She joined the subject area of Politics and International Relations in January 2019, having previously taught at Newcastle University, Smith College, and the Pennsylvania State University.
Sarah is an Associate Editor of Representation: Journal of Representative Democracy. She also sits on the editorial board of Political Behavior. She also serves as an elected member of the executive council of the Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association. Sarah has been recognized as an Emerging Diversity Scholar by and is a member of the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity.
Sarah holds a dual PhD in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Sarah obtained an M.A. in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management at the World Learning SIT Graduate Institute and a B.A. in American Studies and Studio Art with a minor in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
For more information about Sarah, please visit her website.
Sarah's research focuses on the cross-national comparison of gender and politics, specifically the ways contexts shape the gender gap in political attitudes and activities. She employs a mixed methodologies in her research. Specifically, utilizing multilevel modeling approaches, her work examines the influence of female political leaders on women’s political participation. Particularly, her research investigates the role model effect of cabinet ministers in democracies, a previously ignored political arena, and the role model effect of legislators in Asia, a grossly underexplored area in extant studies. She also evaluates how social movements affect adolescents’ attitudes toward gender roles and propensity to protest.
In Gendering Immigration: Media Framing of Immigration and Public Opinion on the Huddled Masses, she analyzes gender in media framings of immigration and immigrants and the varying media framings’ impacts on citizens’ attitudes about immigrants. Employing cross-national content analysis and survey experiments, she investigates the gender/gendered differences in the media constructions of immigration and their effects on native citizens’ acceptance of male and female immigrants in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Sarah has had the pleasure to design and teach Gender and Politics, Politics of Immigration, Chinese Politics, East Asian Politics, Global Feminisms, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, and Research Methods in Politics. She translates her analysis of gender in her research into course materials that engage students’ interests in exploring critical questions about gender in political institutions and social structures.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Liu, S. Chinese Migrant Wives in Taiwan: Claiming Entitlement, Resisting Inequality, and Rejecting Citizenship. International Feminist Journal of Politics. Forthcoming.
Liu, S. Are Female Political Leaders Role Models? Lessons from Asia. Political Research Quarterly, 71, no. 2 (2018): 255-269.
Liu, S. & Banaszak, L.A. Do Government Positions Held by Women Matter? A Cross-National Examination of Female Ministers’ Impact on Women’s Political Participation. Politics & Gender 13, no. 1 (2017): 132-162.
Review of Torben Iversen and Frances Rosenbluth. Women, Work, and Politics: The Political Economy of Gender Inequality. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. 2010. vii + 201 pp. International Feminist Journal of Politics.
Selected Media Engagement
Liu, S. & Wang, A. Taiwan votes on 10 referendums this week. Here’s what you need to know. The Washington Post – Monkey Cage, November 21.
Liu, S. Why are Asia’s women politicians facing a backlash? The Conversation, May 31.
Liu, S. Posey, P. & Reuning, K. Who were the protesters at the Democratic National Convention this week? The Washington Post – Monkey Cage, July 29.
Liu, S. Posey, P. & Reuning, K. Three surprising facts about the protesters at the Republican National Convention. The Washington Post – Monkey Cage, July 24.
Do female ministers affect women’s civic engagement? Policy Options at the Institute for Research on Public Policy, March 27, 2018.
The 51 percent: Asian women in politics, France 24, June 8, 2018.
Topics Interested in Supervising
Sarah is able to offer PhD supervison in areas related (but not limited) to her research interests, such as gender politics, immigration, social movements, media, political opinion and behavior, and Asian politics. She particularly welcomes prospective students with innovative research ideas and approaches to studying the role of gender in politics.
If you are interested in being supervised by Sarah Liu, please see the links below for more information: