Howard Liu

Howard Liu

Assistant Professor
Department of Government

University of Essex

About me

Welcome! I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Government at the University of Essex.

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.

At Essex, I teach graduate-level quantitative methodology.


  • State Repression
  • Protest
  • Dictatorship
  • Armed Conflicts
  • Networks


  • 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.



GV900 - Political Explanation

This module offers an introduction to the theory and practice of quantitative data analysis techniques.