Howard Liu

Howard Liu

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science

University of South Carolina

About me

Welcome! I am a Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina.

In my research, I write about state repression, human rights, dictatorship, and armed conflict with particular attention to how network relationships shape the use of coercion and violence. My research has been published at Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Global Security Studies, and Political Science Research and Methods.


  • State repression
  • Political violence
  • Dictatorship
  • Armed conflict
  • Network analysis


  • PhD in Political Science, 2019

    Duke University

  • MS in Political Science, 2009

    National Taiwan University, Taiwan

  • BA in Diplomacy, 2007

    National Chengchi University, Taiwan


Spatial Modeling of Dyadic Geopolitical Interactions Between Moving Actors

(2022) Published in Political Science Research and Methods

And the Heat Goes On: Police Repression and the Modalities of Power

(2021). Published in Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Taking Dyads Seriously

(2021). Published in Political Science Research and Methods.

Hierarchy and the Provision of Order in International Politics

(2020). Published in The Journal of Politics.

Lost in Space: Geolocation in Event Data

(2018). Published in Political Science Research and Methods.



POLI502 - Methods of Political Analysis

This grad-level course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of quantitative data analysis techniques.

POLI794 - Politics of State Repression and Human Rights

This graduate-level course introduces topics of human rights abuses and transitional justices after state repression of human rights