I began my teaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 with almost no prior teaching experience (except for two very small seminars at China University of Political Science and Law and the University of Chicago). Believe it or not, I had never been a teaching assistant in graduate school and used to consider teaching a waste of time - an idea that I find totally appalling now. Four years later, I won the UW-Madison Sociology Department's 2013 Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Member of the Faculty and still cherish it as one of my fondest achievements as a scholar.

While in Madison, I taught five different courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels: (1) Sociology of Law (Sociology/Legal Studies 641); (2) Sociology of Occupations and Professions (Sociology 643); (3) The Legal Profession (Sociology/Legal Studies 415); (4) Contemporary Chinese Society (Sociology 225/East Asian Studies 301); and, (5) Socio-Legal Studies (Sociology 930). I also supervised a number of undergraduate and Ph.D. students in semester-length guided research projects.  

During my seven years at UW-Madison, I worked with dozens of outstanding graduate students and learned many things from them. I served regularly on three preliminary exam committees at Wisconsin Sociology: (1) Crime, Deviance, and Social Control, (2) Law and Society, and (3) Organizations and Occupations. I was also a faculty co-sponsor of the Legal Studies Workshop, the campus-wide law and society workshop that trains a large number of students interested in law-related interdisciplinary research. 

My teaching at the University of Toronto started in 2017. I have taught the graduate-level Contemporary Sociological Theory (SOC6101), Sociology of Law (SOC6106), Law, Politics and Globalization (SOC6406), and The Legal Profession (CRI3340) at the St. George campus and the undergraduate-level Introduction to Sociology (SOC100), Sociology of Law (SOC216), Law and Social Theory (SOC325), The Legal Profession (SOC357), Sociology of Organizations (SOC361), Research Projects in Criminology, Law and Society (SOC440), and Sociology of Law and Lawyers (SOC475) at the Mississauga campus. 

I have served on the comprehensive exam committees of three areas at Toronto Sociology: (1) Sociology of Crime and Law; (2) Political Sociology; and, (3) Sociological Theory. Besides regular mentoring of graduate students in sociology, I also advise students in political science, law, criminology, history, industrial relations, management, and other disciplines. Furthermore, I frequently advise students interested in China and East Asian studies at the University of Toronto and other institutions. 

Some of my current and past syllabi can be downloaded from Academia.edu


Sida Liu

Sociologist of Law