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Staff Profile

Dr Sarah Liu

Lecturer in Comparative Politics


Dr. Shan-Jan Sarah Liu is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics. 

Sarah holds a dual Ph.D. in Political Science and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the Pennsylvania University. She also serves on the APSA Women and Politics Section Executive Council. She has been recognized as an Emerging Diversity Scholar by the University of Michigan's National Center for Institutional Diversity. Prior to joining Newcastle University, she taught at Smith College and the Pennsylvania State University.

When Sarah is not in school, she enjoys reading fiction, watching indie films, and travelling.  

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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. 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 influence their propensity to protest. 

Currently employing cross-national content analysis and survey experiments, she investigates the gender/gendered differences in the media constructions of immigration and their influence on public opinion regarding male/female immigrants in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the U.K., and the U.S.

Research interests:

- gender and politics

- women's political representation and participation

- social movements (including women's movements)

- immigration and citizenship

- East Asian politics


Semester 2, 2017-2018

POL3117 Politics of Immigration