Liu, Sida

Assistant ProfessorSociology

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3359 Mississauga Road
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Sida Liu

Professor Sida Liu has wide research interests in the sociology of law, organizations and professions, criminal justice, globalization, and social theory. Most of his empirical research focuses on various aspects of China’s legal reform and legal profession, including the globalization of corporate law firms, the collective action of criminal defense lawyers, the feminization of judges, the career mobility of law practitioners, and the political decision-making in courts. He also writes on sociolegal theory and general social theory following the tradition of Georg Simmel and the Chicago School of sociology.

Professor Liu is the author of three books in Chinese and English, as well as many articles in leading social science journals and law reviews. One line of his research aims to understand how lawyers mobilize politically and fight for basic legal rights in the criminal justice system of an authoritarian regime. Another line of Professor Liu’s research investigates the relationship between globalization and the legal profession in emerging economies such as Brazil, India, and China. One of his current projects studies the impact of China’s rise as a global economic power on adjacent legal services markets in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In addition to his empirical work, Professor Liu is also writing a few theoretical essays and books on the nature of social spaces and how law can be understood as a social space.


See Professor Sida Liu’s Google Scholar page.



Law and Society, Organizations and Professions, Political Sociology, Social Theory

Current Courses:

SOC440: Research Projects in Criminology, Law and Society; SOC475: Sociology of Law and Lawyers


Ph.D. (University of Chicago)

LL.B. (Peking University Law School)