Carrie Liu Currier

Department Chair/Associate Professor
Political Science
Scharbauer Hall 2007J | 817-257-6853

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Ph.D., Political Science, Comparative Politics and International Relations, University of Arizona (2004)
MA, Political Science, Comparative Politics, University of Arizona (1998)
BA, Political Science / Linguistics, University of Michigan (1996)

Courses Taught

ASST 20003 Intro to Asian Studies
POSC 20303 International Politics
POSC 33103 Feminist International Relations Theory
POSC 33113 Globalization and Political Economy
POSC 33603 IR of East Asia
POSC 33623 Chinese Foreign Policy
POSC 35623 Politics of China
POSC 35633 Contemporary Issues in China - Study in Beijing & Shanghai
POSC 35643 Socialism with Chinese Characteristics
POSC 40003 Senior Honors in POSC
MALA 60970 Chinese Foreign Policy

Areas of Focus

Politics of China, International Relations of East Asia, Global Political Economy, Feminist Theory, International Relations

Carrie Liu Currier teaches courses in Asian politics, comparative politics, feminist international relations theory, international relations, and global political economy. Her research has generally focused on: 1) economic reform in China, to understand how developing countries are adapting to the demands of globalization, 2) China’s Foreign Policy with the Middle East, examining both arms transfers and the pursuit of energy, 3) China’s energy policy and pursuit of resources, 4) China’s one child policy and its social implications, and 5) the politics of entrepreneurship in Taiwan and China.  She has conducted survey research in both China and Taiwan, examining labor market reforms and its impact on women’s public and private sphere activities as well as analyzing the role the state has played in fostering entrepreneurship.  Her publications include: a co-edited book (with Manochehr Dorraj) China’s Energy Relations with the Developing World, several book chapters, and articles in the following journals: American Journal of Chinese Studies, Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, China Public Affairs Quarterly, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Journal of Women Politics and Policy, and Middle East Policy.

In addition, she has been the director of TCU’s Asian Studies program for the past eleven years, and serves on several university and college committees. She is the current director of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) in North Texas, an initiative funded by the Freeman Foundation to facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in elementary and secondary schools nationwide.  Within the profession she is currently the Secretary of the Western Political Science Association (WPSA), she is on the Status Committee for Asian Pacific Americans in the Profession for the American Political Science Association (APSA), she has served on the board of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS), she was a member of the ETS development committee for the Major Field Test in political science, and has served in several capacities for ETS and the College Board with regard to the development and grading of the AP Comparative Government exam.

Currier, Carrie Liu. 2016. “Entrepreneurship with Chinese Characteristics: China, Taiwan and the Tech Industry,” Wealth and Well-Being of Nations, pp. 63-81.

Currier, Carrie Liu. 2012. “China and the Global Surge for Resources,” Chapter 13 in Emilian Kavalski’s The Ashgate Research Companion to Chinese Foreign Policy. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 163-175.

Currier, Carrie Liu and Manochehr Dorraj, editors. 2011. China’s Energy Relations with the Developing World.  NY: Continuum Books.

Currier, Carrie Liu and Manochehr Dorraj. 2010. “In Arms We Trust: the Economic and Strategic Factors Motivating China-Iran Relations,” Journal of Chinese Political Science 15(1): 49-69.

Currier, Carrie Liu. 2008. “Investing in the Future: The One Child Policy and Reform,” Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy 29(3): 365-393.

Dorraj, Manochehr and Carrie Liu Currier. 2008. “Lubricated with Oil: Iran-China Relations in a Changing World” Middle East Policy 15(2): 66-80.

Currier, Carrie Liu.  2007.  “Redefining ‘Labor’ in Beijing: Women’s Attitudes on Work and Reform” Asian Journal of Women’s Studies 13(3): 71-108.

Currier, Carrie Liu. 2007. “Bringing the Household Back In: The Restructuring of Women’s Labor Choices in Beijing,” American Journal of Chinese Studies 14(1): 61-81.

Invited panelist on “Trade between Asia and Latin America” at the International Business Summit, Dallas, TX, 11 October 2016.

Invited panelist for KERA Think Global series “Global Implications of the U.S. Presidential Election,” Fort Worth, TX, 27 September 2016.

Invited presentation “Journey to the East,” for Southlake Sister Cities International, Southlake, TX, 11 Feb, 2016.

Invited presentation on “China’s Global Dreams” at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, 24 March 2014.

Roundtable participant on China’s disputes in the Spratly and Paracel Islands, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, October 8, 2013.

Invited presentation on China-Middle East-Taiwan relations for the symposium “Taiwan and Global Affairs,” University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, 17 September 2009.

Invited workshop presenter on contemporary women’s issues for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, University of Texas at Dallas Confucian Institute, 12 September 2009.

Invited presentation, “An Economy of Sex: the impact of globalization on women and the sex industry,” International Forum for Women in E-Learning, Galveston, TX, 28 March 2006.

Wassenich mentoring award nominee, 2011 & 2014
Outstanding Advisor Award (Kappa Lambda Delta), 2010

Research Associate II, Tower Center for International Relations, Southern Methodist University, 2009-2018

Director, North Texas Center for the National Consortium on Teaching about Asia (NCTA), 2015-present.

Secretary for the Western Political Science Association, 2013-2019

AP Comparative Government Test Development Committee, 2014-17

Development committee for the Major Field Test in Political Science, ETS, 2010-2011

President of the Southwest Conference of Asian Studies, 2009-2010