Howard Liu

Howard Liu

C-SoDA Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2019-2020)

Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Political Science, University of Essex (from Fall 2020)


  1. Ph.D., Political Science, Duke University, 2019.


Welcome! I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the The Center for Social Data Analytics at the Pennsylvania State University. I received my PhD in Political Science from Duke University in summer 2019. In the Fall of 2020, I will be a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Government at the University of Essex.

My research centers on mass protests, state repression, and human rights, with particular attention to the methodological implications for network analysis that stem from interdependent conflict behavior. My projects contribute to the scholarship on mass protests in authoritarian regimes, the strategic interplay between repression and dissent activities, and nonviolent mass mobilization in authoritarian elections. My research on Networks of Repression and Dissent Tactics was funded by International Center of Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) and awarded the best graduate student paper at Peace Science Society International (2018).

Networks, spatial analysis, and automated text analysis are the primary methods I develop and apply to achieve a better understanding of conflict processes. Several projects of mine also involve predictive and computational modeling. My work has been published or is forthcoming at Journal of Politics and Political Science Research and Methods.