Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Wei Liang


I am passionate about exploring the relationship between politics and economics and the policy issues derived from the interaction, including trade, development and governance.

I love being a professor at MIIS because our faculty and students share the sense of consciousness and responsibility as citizens of global, national, and local communities. 

Professor Liang specializes in international trade and development policy, global economic and environmental governance and international negotiation, international political economy of East Asia and China. Her research and teaching have concentrated on the governance of the national and world economy—why governments and international organizations do what do in international economic relations. She has conducted field research in Asia, Europe and the United states, in order to learn directly from the policy practitioners. Many institutions have invited her to lecture--in the UK, China, Korea, as well as the United States. She is a member of International Studies Association, American Political Science Association and a board director of Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS).

A graduate of Peking University, People’s Republic of China, she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. Before joining our faculty at MIIS, she had teaching and research appointments at Florida International University, San Francisco State University and Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE), UC Berkeley, where she did her postdoctoral research.

Professor Liang is the co-author of China and East Asia’s Post-Crises Community (2012) and co-editor of China in Global Trading Governance (2013). She is also author of many research articles and book chapters. Her recent journal articles and book chapters include“Tough Love: US-China Economic Relations between Competition and Interdependence”, in Jean-Marc Blanchard and Simon Shen, ed. US-China Relations: Change and Continuity, Conflict and Cooperation, and Causes and Cures, Routledge, 2015. “China and Japan’s FTA Negotiations” (co-authored with Junji Nakagawa), in Scott Kennedy ed., China and Global Governance: the Dragon’s Learning Curve, Global Institutions Series, Routledge, forthcoming. “Asian Regionalism: A Game Theory Approach to Understand the US and China Competition”, chap. 7 in Xunda Yu and Shunji Cui (eds) Beyond History: Reconciliation, Cooperation and Social Integration in Northeast Asia, Zhejiang University Press, 2015.   “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Global and Regional Trade Governance”, in David A. Deese ed. International Political Economy of Trade, Edward Elgar, 2014.  “US, East Asian FTAs, and China”, (co-authored with Jean-Marc Blanchard) in Jiaxiang Hu and Matthias Vanhullebusch, ed. Regional Cooperation and Free Trade Agreements in Asia, Brill, 2014.  “China and Japan’s FTA Strategies and Regional Integration in the Asia- Pacific,” (co-authored with Junji Nakagawa) in Scott Kennedy and Shuaihua Cheng, ed., From Rule Takers to Rule Makers: the Growing Role of Chinese in Global Governance, International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development in Geneva, September 2012. “The Too “Hard” Sources of China’s Soft Power in Africa: Is Economic Power Sufficient?”, Asian Perspective, No.4, 2012. “U.S. Antidumping Actions against China: The Impact of China's Entry into the WTO”, (Coauthored with Ka Zeng), Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 17, Issue 3, August 2010, pp.562-588.  “China’s FTA Negotiation in Asia and the Prospect of Asian Integration”, in Baogang Guo, ed., China's Quiet Rise: Peace through Integration, Lexington Books, May 2011. “Changing Climate? China’s New Interest in Multilateral Climate Change Negotiation,” in Joel Kassiola ed., China’s Environmental Crisis: Domestic and Global Political Impacts and Responses, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.“Primacy of Power: Regulatory Battles for Promoting National Standards in China”, in Ilan Alon ed., China Rules: Globalization and Political Transformation, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. “China: Globalization and the Emergence of a New Status Quo Power?” Asia Perspective, Spring 2008.“New Africa Policy: China’s Quest for Oil and Influence”, in Sujian Guo and Jean-Marc F. Blanchard eds., Harmonious World and China's New Foreign Policy (Rowman & Littlefield-Lexington, 2008). “U.S.-China Semiconductor Disputes and its impacts on U.S. Semiconductor Industry” and “Two-Level Games: How Domestic Politics Affected China’s Foreign Economic Policy”, in Ka Zeng ed., The Making of China’s Foreign Trade Policy: Implications for the World Trading System, Routledge, 2007, “China’s WTO Accession Negotiation Process and Its Implications,” Journal of Contemporary China, Volume 11, Issue 32, August 2002.

Her current research focuses on Emerging markets in Global Economic and Environmental governance, FTA and WTO negotiations, U.S.-China Economic Relations and regional integration in East Asia.


International Trade Policy and Trade Negotiation, Globalization and Global Economic and Environmental Governance, Trade and Development in Emerging Markets, International Political Economy of East Asia, US-Asia Policy, Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy.


PhD, MA, International Relations and International Political Economy, University of Southern California; BA, International Politics, Peking University, China.

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