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Shan-Jan Sarah Liu

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

Currently a Lecturer/Assitant Professor in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, I hold a dual Ph.D. in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. I have also been recognized as an Emerging Diversity Scholar by the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity. Prior to joining Newcastle University, I taught in the Department of Government at Smith College in Northampton, MA.

My research focuses on the cross-national comparison of gender and politics, specifically the ways contexts shape the gender gap in political attitudes and activities. Utilizing multilevel modeling approaches, my work examines the influence of female political leaders on women’s political participation. Particularly, my 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. I also evaluate how social movements affect adolescents’ attitudes toward gender roles and influence their propensity to protest. I have published in Politics & Gender and Political Research Quarterly and been featured in The Washington Post Monkey Cage: Three surprising facts about the protesters at the Republican National Convention and Who were the protesters at the Democratic National Convention this week?

In Gendering Immigration: Media Framing of Immigration and Public Opinion on the Huddled Masses, I analyze 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, I investigate 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.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Newcastle University


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