Welcome to the website of Dr. Sida Liu 刘思达.
I am an assistant professor of sociology and law 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. At the University of Toronto, I teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Sociology's Criminology, Law and Society program 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 assistant professor in the Faculty of Law.
Before joining the University of Toronto faculty in 2016, I taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for seven years 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 current research interests include the sociology of law, organizations and professions, social theory, political sociology, criminal justice, and globalization. Besides my empirical work on Chinese law and the legal profession, I have been developing a theory of social space for analyzing law, professions, and other social entities following the Simmelian tradition of social geometry and the Chicago School of sociology.
My curriculum vitae can be downloaded from here: