Jessica Liao

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Assistant Professor


Jessica C. Liao is an assistant professor of political science at North Carolina State University. Prior to NC State, she taught at George Washington University and was a visit fellow at Monash University, Kuala Lumpur canpus. She received her PhD in international relations from the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on Chinese foreign policy and East Asian politics. Her current project is about China's resource and infrastructure development in Southeast Asia.

Teaching and Research Interests

Comparative politics, International political economy, East Asian politics, Chinese foreign policy, Japanese foreign policy, Regionalism 


- China's Energy and Infrastructure Development in Southeast Asia

- China-ASEAN Relations under the Belt and Road Initiative

- The competition between China and Japan in foreign aid and development assistance in Southeast Asia



Developmental States and Business Activism: East Asia’s Trade Dispute Settlement (London: Palgrave Macmillan), November 2015.


“A Good Neighbor of Bad Governance? China's Energy and Infrastructure Development in Southeast Asia,” Journal of Contemporary China (forthcoming)

“A Legacy of Subsidy Policies and Their Impact on China’s Use of the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism,” Asian Survey 53:6 (November/December 2013).

 “China’s Response to the Global IPR Regime: Resistance or Compliance?” Issues & Studies, 42: 4 (Winter 2006).


“Competitive Financial Statecraft: Race between China and Japan to Define Infrastructure Investment Governance in Asia” Presented in Asian Pacific Political Economy Workshop, the University of Souther California, Los Angeles, March 9, 2018. (Co-authored)

“It Takes Three to Tango: The Japan-China Infrastructure Financing Competition in Vietnam,” Presented in Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Washington DC, March 25, 2018.

“What Washington Doesn’t Get about the One Belt One Road: The Case of Southeast Asia.” Presented in American Association for Chinese Studies Annual Conference, Columbia, South Carolina, October 22, 2017.

“China’s Infrastructure Aid and Investment in Southeast Asia: Ambitious or Over-Ambitious?”  Presented in Shanghai Institute of International Studies, Shanghai, China. November 21st, 2016..


  • PhD in Politics and International Relations from The University of Southern California, 2013
  • MA in China and Asian Pacific Studies from National Sun Yat-Sun University, Taiwan, 2006