Guangya Liu, Ph.D

Empirical Research Analyst
Lecturing Fellow


Guangya (Ya) Liu joined Duke Law School as an Empirical Research Analyst in 2011. Dr. Liu provides consultation to faculty on all facets of empirical research, including sampling, data collection and management, statistical analysis, interpretation, and dissemination in publications, reports, and professional conferences.

Dr. Liu joined the Duke Law faculty in 2012 as a Lecturing Fellow and is teaching the course Empirical Research Methods in Law.  Her areas of interest include medical malpractice, public health law, judicial behavior, family, and aging. Her articles have recently appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, American Sociological Review, Archives of Internal Medicine, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Social Forces, Social Science and Medicine, and the International Handbook of the Demography of Aging.

Dr. Liu received her Ph.D in sociology from North Carolina State University with advanced training in statistics and holds a B.A. from Nankai University in China. Prior to joining Duke, she was a statistician at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lead methodological research analyst at the Nielsen Company. She also has served as consultant for the Census Bureau and RTI International on methodological and design changes in the American Community Survey.