2017|Ph.D., City University of New York, Graduate Center, New York, NY   

   PhD in  Critical Social Psychology                                                                                          

   Women's and Gender Studies Certificate

2013|M.A. & M.Phil., City University of New York, Graduate Center, New York, NY

   M.A. & M.Phil. in Critical Social Psychology                                                                         

2009|B.S., University of Washington, Seattle, WA                                        

   Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Women's Studies                                            



2017-Present  | Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, University at Albany, State University of New York                                                     

  • Intro to LGBTQ Studies

  • Women Creating Change

  • Classism, Sexism, and Racism

  • Transnational Sexualities (developed graduate seminar)

2013-2017|Guest Faculty, Psychology Department, Sarah Lawrence College

  • Psychology of Women and Gender: From Social Structures to Lives.

  • Psychology and Social Change: A Critical Social Psychology Perspective.

2015-2016|Adjunct Faculty, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, John Jay College, CUNY

  • Gender, Sex, and Justice: Animals and the Other.

2011-2013|Adjunct Faculty, Psychology Department, Hunter College, CUNY

  • Human Sexualities.

  • Psychology of Women.




  • Liu, W. (forthcoming). Assembling Asian America: Psychological Technologies and Queer Subjectivities. (winner of the 2018 National Women’s Studies Association’s First Book Prize, and currently under contract with the University of Illinois Press)

Journal Paper

  • Liu, W. (2019). Narrating Against Assimilation and the Empire: Diasporic Mourning and Queer Asian Melancholia. In Special Issue: Asian Diaspora. WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, 47(1/2). Access link.

  • Liu, W. (2018). Complicity and resistance: Asian American body politics in Black Lives Matter. Journal of Asian American Studies, 21(3), 421-451. Access link.

  • Liu, W. (2017). Restarting from shameful places: Toward a queer psychology of affect. In Special Issue: Affect & Subjectivity. Subjectivity, 10(1). Access link.  

  • Lara, A., Liu, W., Ashley, C., Nishida, A., Liebert, R., & Billies, M. (2017). Affect and subjectivity. Editorial introduction in special issue: Affect & Subjectivity. Subjectivity, 10(1)., 30-43. Access link

  • Hsu, F., Hioe, B. & Liu, W. (2017). Collective Statement on Taiwan Independence: Building Global Solidarity and Rejecting US Military Empire. American Quarterly, 69(3), 465-468. Access link

  • Liu, W., Huang, A., Ma, J. (2015). Young Activists, New Movements: Contemporary Chinese Queer Feminism and Transnational Genealogies. In Special Issue: Young Feminists. Feminism & Psychology, 25(1), 11-17. Access link.

  • Liu, W. (2015). The Embodied Crises of Neoliberal Globalization: The Lives and Narratives of Filipina Migrant Domestic Workers. Women’s Studies International Forum, 50, 80-88. Access link.

  • 劉文,2015,〈酷兒左翼「超英趕美」?「同性戀正典化」的偏執及臺灣同志運動的修復詮釋〉,《應用倫理評論》第58期,頁101-128。文章連結。[ Liu, W. (2015). The Queer Paranoia of Homonormativity and Reparative Reading of Taiwanese LGBT Movement. In Special Issue: Same-Sex Marriage. Applied Ethics Review, 58, 101-128.]

Book Review

  • Liu, W. (2019). White desire and orientalizing sexuality. Review of Amy Sueyoshi's "Discriminating sex: White leisure and the making of the American 'Oriental.'" (Illinois, 2018). Journal of American Ethnic History.

  • Liu, W. (2018). Review of Hongwei Bao’s Queer Comrades: Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China. Asian Culture.

  • 劉文,2018,〈評《同志文學史:台灣的發明》:帝國、酷兒時間、置疑同志主體〉,《女學學誌:婦女與性別研究》,第43期,頁127-134。文章連結。[Liu, W. (2018). Review “A Queer Invention in Taiwan: A History of Tongzhi Literature“: Empire, Queer Temporality, Destabilizing Tongzhi Subjectivity. Journal of Women's and Gender Studies., 43, 127-134. ]

Book Chapter

  • Liu, W., & Opotow, S. (2014). Aggression and violence: causes and correctives. In M. Deutsch, P. Coleman, and E. Marcus (Eds.), Handbook of Conflict Resolution, Third Edition (pp. 681-707). San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Encyclopedia Entry

  • Sheese, K. & Liu, W. (2014). Activism. In Thomas Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (pp. 20-24).New York, NY: Springer New York Abstract access link. Full text.




  • Liu, W. (2018, August). Narrating Queer Asian Melancholia. Presented at the panel of The Power of Stories: Social Justice and the Narrative Way of Knowing, at the127th American Psychological Association Conference. San Francisco, CA, USA.

  • Liu, W. (2017, August). Beyond Cultural Competence---Self-Reflexivity to Address Power and Privilege. Workshop presented at the 126th American Psychological Association Conference. Washington, D.C., USA.

  • Liu, W. (2017, August). Queer nostalgia against post-racial future. Presented on a panel Queer Solidarity Research—Intersectionality and Social Psychological Interdependence, at the 126th American Psychological Association Conference. Washington, D.C., USA.

  • Liu, W. (2016, July). Beyond orientalism and cultural essentialism: Queer neoliberalism in China. Presented on a panel, Gender and Sexuality: Emerging Issues in Developing Countries, at the 31st International Congress of Psychology. Yokohama, Japan.

  • Liu, W. (2015, August). Neoliberal multicultural subject-making in psychology: Model minority in transnational geopolitics. Presented on Division 24 panel, The Indispensable Subject of Psychology—Theory and Research on Subjectivity, at the 124th American Psychological Association Conference. Toronto, Canada.

  • Liu, W. (2015, August). Queer Asian diaspora as a method for immigrant subjectivity. Presented on Division 44 panel, Method Matters—The Value of Qualitative Inquiry Within a Socially Responsible LGBTQ Psychology, at the 124th American Psychological Association Conference. Toronto, Canada.

  • Liu, W. (2015, February). Restarting from “shameful” places: Toward a queer psychology of affect. Presented on a panel, Twists and Turns: Using Affect Studies for Psychological Inquiry, at the 2nd Critical Social Psychology Conference: Affect, Embodiment, and Politics. Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

  • Liu, W. (2012, June). The affects of movement: Running as an enactment of embodied crisis in the context of labor migration. Presented on a panel, Staying and Moving: Facing Foreclosures, Aging in Place, Provocative Policing in Stop-and-Frisk, and Domestic Work as a Site of Struggle and Analysis, chaired by Dr. Susan Saegert, at the 9th Biennial Convention of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Liu, W. (2011, October). The dilemmas of justice: the life stories of Southeast Asian migrant domestic workers in Taiwan. Presented on a panel, Critical Psychology in Revolting Times, chaired by Dr. Michelle Fine, at International Herbert Marcuse Society Fourth Biennial Conference: Critical Refusals. University of Pennsylvania, PA.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • Liu, W. (2017, November). #Asians4BlackLives: Contesting Asian American Racial Formation in Black Lives Matter. Panel presentation at the 38th National Women's Studies Association Conference: Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

  • Liu, W. (2016, November). Contemplating Solidarities for Mutual Liberation: Inherent Tensions and Potentials. A workshop at the 37th National Women's Studies Association Conference: Decoloniality. Montréal, Québec, Canada.

  • Liu, W. (2014, November). Young Activists, New Movements: Contemporary Chinese Queer
    Feminism and Transnational Genealogies. Presented on a panel, Queering the Western Queer Theory in Contemporary China, at the 35th National Women's Studies Association Conference: Feminist Transgressions. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • Liu, W. (2014, May). When is Queer “Queer Enough”? A Critical Inquiry of Identity and the Body.
    Presented on a panel, The Future of Queer Collectivity: Identity, Violence, and the Academy, at the 2nd
    Queer Places, Practices, and Lives Conference. Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Race and Ethnic Studies

  • Liu, W. (2018, March). RE: Imagining Taiwan Otherwise: Building Global Solidarity and Rejecting US Military Empire, Roundtable Discussion at Association of Asian American Studies, San Francisco, CA.

  • Liu, W. (2017, September). Becoming Grievable Subjects: Narratives of Queer Asian American Melancholia. Presented at the New York Conference on Asian Studies. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York.

  • Liu, W. (2016, June). Queer China and Homonational Taiwan? The Troubles of Queer Transnationalism. Presented at the panel, Transnational LGBTQ Movements and Impossible Desire, at the 22nd North American Taiwan Studies Association Annual Conference. Toronto, Canada.

  • Liu, W. (2013, September). Queer vulnerability and therapeutic governance: A critique of stigmatized queer identity on the grounds of Taiwan’s emergent LGBT movement. Presented on a panel, Coming Out as Psychologists: Queering, Communizing, and Abolishing Psychology for Liberatory Possibilities through Radical Epistemologies, Theories, and Movements, at the 2nd Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference, Decolonizing Future: Intellectual Legacies and Activist Practices. University of Illinois at Chicago.


  • Narrating Queer Asian Melancholia. A keynote presentation at the Queer Asia Conference, SOAS, University of London, London, UK (2018 June).

  • Queer Time and Space: Queer Movements and the American Cities. A public lecture at Fembooks, Taipei, Taiwan (2016 July)

  • Revisiting This Bridge Called My Back: A Conversation about Post-Colonial Queer Feminist Identity, YMCA of the City of New York (2016 June)

  • Critical Psychology and Queer Asian Americanness, the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Washington University (2016 February)


  • National Women’s Studies Association First Book Prize with the University of Illinois Press 2018

  • Marilyn J. Gittell Dissertation Fellowship for Publicly Engaged Scholarship 2015-2016

  • Koonja Mitchell Memorial Prize for Social Justice Dissertation Research 2015

  • Enhanced Chancellor's Fellowship, Graduate Center, CUNY 2010-2015

  • Professional Staff Congress-CUNY 45 Research Award 2014-2016

  • The Advanced Research Collaborative Knickerbocker Award 2014