Sida Liu

Sociologist of Law

Welcome to the website of Dr. Sida Liu 刘思达.

I am an associate professor of sociology, law, and global affairs & public policy at the University of Toronto and a faculty fellow at the American Bar Foundation. I am also 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 at the Faculty of Law and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and teach graduate courses at 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, Chinese law, criminal justice, social theory, 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. 

My curriculum vitae can be downloaded from here: