Carrie Liu Currier

Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department, Texas Christian University

2007G Scharbauer Hall, TCU
(817) 257-6853

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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 current research is based on fieldwork she recently completed in Taiwan, examining the regulations and opportunities for entrepreneurship as well as a more in-depth examination of Taiwan’s start-up industry.  Her publications include: a co-edited book (with Manochehr Dorraj) China’s Energy Relations with the Developing World, several book chapters, and several 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. 


  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Arizona
  • M.A. Political Science, University of Arizona
  • B.A. Political Science, University of Michigan

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

  • Presentation on “Seven Up, Eight Down: China’s 19th Party Congress” for Political Reform in China, Baker Institute at Rice University, Houston, TX, 6 November, 2017.
  • Presentation on “Chinese Diplomacy in Middle East Conflicts,” for the Conference China in Conflict Zones: Competition or Cooperation? Sponsored by Georgetown University and the U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington D.C., March 22, 2017.
  • Currier, Carrie Liu. 2016. “Entrepreneurship with Chinese Characteristics: China, Taiwan and the Tech Industry,” Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations, vol 8: 63-81.
  • Dorraj, Manochehr and Carrie Liu Currier. 2013.“China: la busqueda de la seguridad energetica en el mundo en desarrollo”(China’s Search for Energy Security in the Developing World - in Spanish) in Alejandro Chanona & Miguel Angel Porrua Editors, Confrontando Modelos de Sequridad Energetica (Mexico City:  National University of Mexico), pp. 143-164.
  • Currier, Carrie Liu and Manochehr Dorraj, editors. 2011. China’s Energy Relations with the Developing World.  NY: Continuum Books.