Welcome to the website of Prof. Sida Liu.
I am an associate professor of sociology, law, and global affairs at the University of Toronto. In addition to my tenured position, I also hold courtesy appointments as a faculty fellow at the American Bar Foundation, an affiliated scholar of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at New York University School of Law and the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School, as well as a vice president of the China Institute for Socio-Legal Studies at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
At the University of Toronto, I teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Sociology‘s Criminology, Law and Society (CLS) and Sociology programs at the Mississauga campus and graduate courses in the tri-campus sociology graduate program at the St. George campus. I am also cross-appointed as an associate professor in the Faculty of Law and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and teach graduate courses in the Center for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies.
Before joining the University of Toronto faculty in 2016, I taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009-2016 as an assistant professor of sociology and law and directed its East Asian Legal Studies Center in 2014-2016. In 2016-2017, I was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. I received my LL.B. from Peking University Law School and my Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.
I work in the interdisciplinary area between sociology and law (often called “law and society” or “sociolegal studies”), and I write in English and Chinese. My research interests include sociology of law, professions, social theory, Chinese law, criminal justice, and globalization. Besides my empirical work on Chinese law and the legal profession, I also write on theories of law, professions, and social spaces following the Simmelian tradition of social geometry and the Chicago School of sociology.