Personal Website: https://ivysliu.github.io/IvyLiu_Webpage/
The overarching theme of my research relates to how institutional and organizational factors exert impacts on public service delivery and outcomes. With specializations in statistics and economics, my individual projects and papers can be classified into two camps. First, I use quasi-experimental and experimental design to investigate policy processes in various contexts, such as policy adoption, evaluation, and termination in democratic and authoritative regimes. Second, with advanced network analysis techniques and spatial econometric models, I explore how executive leadership initiates and promotes innovation and learning partnership in and across public, private, and nonprofit sectors for economic development and community building.
Peer Reviewed Publications:
- Yi, H., & Liu, I. (2022). Executive Leadership, Policy Tourism, and Policy Diffusion among Local Governments. Public Administration Review, 82(6), 1024-1041.
- Liu, S., & Christensen, T. (2020). All Roads Lead to Rome? The Contingency Factors of Institutional Integration: A Comparative Case Study on Environmental Institutional Reform in Guangdong, China. International Public Management Journal, 23(3), 338-357.
Recent Conference Presentations:
- Liu, I. Pulled In or Pushed Out? The Effect of Learning on Minority Entrepreneurship. 119th American Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting Exhibition. 2023.
- Landers, J., & Liu, I. Do State Corporate Tax Rate Reductions Grow the Economy? An Indiana Case Study. World Social Science Association’s 65th Annual Conference. 2023
- Wang, C., Liu, I. Crossing the Politics-Science Divide: Revealing Causal Heterogeneity underlying US States’ Mask Policy Termination Decisions. American Society for Public Administration 2023 Annual Conference. 2023.
- Chen, C., Liu, I., & Yi, H. Explaining Policy Punctuations in Authoritarian Regimes: Evidence
- from Chinese Provinces. 2023 Conference on Policy Process Research. 2023.
- Liu, I., & Yi, H. Policy Tourism and Member Duality: Entrepreneurial Learning in Interlocal Policy Networks. 2022 Association for Public Policy Analysis Management. 2022.
- Liu, I., & Yi, H. A Leadership-Context Model of Policy Tourism and Policy Learning. Public Management Research Conference 2022. 2022.
Research Associate 2023:
- Assessing The Causes of Racial Disparities in Drug Courts: An Intersectional Approach to Eliminating Barriers to Admittance. National Institute of Justice (NIJ), W.E.B. DuBois Program of Research on Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Justice System, Grant #15PNIJ-21-GG-04708-NIJB.
- Principal Investigator: Drs. Alex Fraga, Sade Lindsay, & Tasha Perdue
- Duties: Clean and merge large datasets. Help with quantitative analysis like propensity score matching and difference-in-differences.
Research Associate 2021:
- Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Management in Viet Nam.
- Principal Investigator: Dr. Long Tran
- Duties: Created and cleaned a dataset of Viet Nam’s provincial governance and public administration performance, and write documentation for the dataset.
- Public Policy Analysis (PUBAFRS 3000 | Instructor & Teaching Assistant)
- Capstone: Public Policy Issue (PUBAFRS 7910 | Teaching Assistant)
- Capstone: Research Paper (PUBAFRS 7900 | Teaching Assistant)
- Data Models Evaluation (PUBAFRS 6075 | Teaching Assistant)
- Excel Advanced Skills (PUBAFRS 6514 | Teaching Assistant)
- Public Affairs Statistics (PUBAFRS 6070 | Teaching Assistant)
- Public Sector Economics (PUBAFRS 6030 | Teaching Assistant)
- Risk & Decision Making (PUBAFRS 5770 | Teaching Assistant)
- Seminar in Public Policy (PUBAFRS 8030 | Guest Lecturer)
Honors & Awards:
- Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship 2022
- Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award 2022
- Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award 2020
- Outstanding Thesis Award 2017
- Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship.
- The Glenn College PhD Student Small Research Grant
- Fisher Leadership Initiative Grant
- American Political Science Association
- American Society for Public Administration
- Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
- Midwest Political Science Association
- Public Management Research Association
- Dr. Jill Clark
- Dr. Stéphane Lavertu
- Dr. Hongtao Yi (Chair)
- Dr. Ling Zhu
This commentary is intended as an addendum and recent update to the original research article published in World Affairs, “The High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Unusual Institutional Arrangement of a Non-Authoritarian, yet Controlled, Democracy”