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Shan-Jan Sarah Liu

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Gender and Politics, The University of Edinburgh

Sarah Liu is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Gender and Politics at the University of Edinburgh. Her research broadly focuses on the cross-national comparison o gender and politics, specifically the ways in which contexts – women's political representation, women's movements, immigration, and COVID-19 – shapes the gender gaps in political opinion and behavior. Her works are cross-regional with a specific focus on Asia. She has been recognized as one of the 50 most influential scholars by Apolitical Foundation and as an Emerging Diversity Scholar by the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity. She has also published in major political science and gender studies journals and appeared on international media, such as BBC World News and France 24.


  • 2019–present
    Senior Lecturer in Gender and Politics, University of Edinburgh
  • 2017–2019
    Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Newcastle University
  • 2016–2017
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Smith College


  • 2016 
    Pennsylvania State University, Dual PhD in Political Science and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies