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 contentious politics, state repression, and armed conflict, with a particular attention to how network relationships shape conflict behavior. My research has been published at Journal of Politics and Political Science Research and Methods, among others.


  • Contentious Politics
  • State Repression
  • Armed Conflicts
  • 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


Hierarchy and the provision of order in international politics

(2020). Published in The Journal of Politics.

Lost in Space: Geolocation in Event Data

(2019). Published in Political Science Research and Methods.

Working Papers

Taking Dyads Seriously

Revise & Resubmit. Political Science Research and Methods

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

Revise & Resubmit. Journal of Conflict Resolution



GV900 - Political Explanation

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