Carrie Currier, Ph.D.

Texas Christian University

Country: United States (Texas)

About Me:

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 publications include: a co-edited book (with Manochehr Dorraj) China’s Energy Relations with the Developing World, several book chapters, and 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.In addition, she has been the director of TCU’s Asian Studies program for the past eleven years, and serves on several university and college committees. She is the current director of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) in North Texas, an initiative funded by the Freeman Foundation to facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in elementary and secondary schools nationwide.  Within the profession she is currently the Secretary of the Western Political Science Association (WPSA), she is on the Status Committee for Asian Pacific Americans in the Profession for the American Political Science Association (APSA), she has served on the board of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS), she was a member of the ETS development committee for the Major Field Test in political science, and has served in several capacities for ETS and the College Board with regard to the development and grading of the AP Comparative Government exam.

Research Interests

Asian Politics

Gender and Politics

Foreign Policy

Political Economy

Energy Security


Global Arms Trade

Countries of Interest