Judith Liu, PhD

Judith Liu
Phone: (619) 260-4025
Fax: (619) 260-2267
Office: Serra Hall 315C

Professor, Sociology

  • B.A., University of California, San Diego, Sociology
  • M.A., San Diego State University, Sociology
  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Sociology
  • She received a post-doctorate fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Judith Liu has been a member of the sociology faculty since 1982. She is a Professor of Sociology, Affiliated faculty in the Ethnic Studies Program, and the Faculty Liaison for the Center for Community Service Learning.  Professor Liu has taught classical and contemporary theory, culture courses, contemporary social issues, and community organizing.  Her research focus is multicultural education, education in the People’s Republic of China, women and HIV/AIDS, political and civic responsibility, and community service-learning.

Areas of Expertise


Scholarly Work

Professor Liu’s research has been multifaceted.  She has co-edited works on using writing as a means to facilitate multicultural education and on using ethnographic methods to study education in China. Her ethnographic work on women with HIV/AIDS and her research on missionary education in China have been featured in numerous publications.  Her book, Foreign Exchange: Counterculture behind the Walls of St. Hilda's School for Girls, 1929-1937, was published in 2011.  Her most recent work is on civic engagement and community service-learning.

Areas of Interest

Professor Liu has taught a wide variety of courses at USD including the required theory courses, culture courses (U.S., China, popular), political sociology, and community organizing. In addition to teaching departmental courses, Professor Liu has participated in team-taught Honors courses, and has strived to increase educational access for underrepresented groups by serving as a McNair Scholars Program mentor. Professor Liu has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the Sears Teaching Excellence Award, the Lowell P. Davis Award for Faculty Achievement, Graduating Senior Class Distinguished USD Faculty Award, the San Diego Press Club Headliner of the Year for Education, Innovations in Experiential Education Award, Outstanding Preceptor Award, McNair Faculty Mentor Award, Mortar Board Faculty Mentor Award, and the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education (CASE) California Professor of the Year. In 2010, she was one of the nation’s finalist for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award from Campus Compact, and the recipient of the Pacific Sociological Association’s Dean S. Dorn Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award.