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Jiaqi Liang

Associate Professor

Public Policy, Management, and Analytics

Pronouns: She/her/hers


Building & Room:

Art and Exhibition Hall 2111


400 S. Peoria Street, AEH 2111 (MC 278)

Office Phone:

(312) 996-3183

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Jiaqi Liang


Dr. Jiaqi Liang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy, Management, and Analytics. She received a PhD in Public Administration (with a second major in Comparative Politics) from the School of Public Affairs at American University.



Dr. Liang's research interests encompass public management, bureaucratic politics, policy process, policy implementation, social equity, and environmental policy. She collects, combines, and analyzes quantitative data to examine the research questions. Her research agenda has four focuses:

Policy and Institutional Design: This section of research explores the effects of policy design and public management practices on government agencies’ environmental policy implementation activities in the U.S., as well as the implications of the adoption of equity-oriented policies for government’s program management under environmental federalism.

Public Sector Diversity and Representativeness: This line of her research probes the relations between organizational diversity and inclusiveness, representativeness of the public sector, diversity management, governmental performance, and social equity.

Bureaucratic Motivations: This research area examines questions related to bureaucratic motivation, performance incentives, and policy implementation in government agencies and quasi-public organizations (e.g., state-owned enterprises) in China, in the context of results-based management in environmental and energy policies.

Government Transparency: This research area focuses on the nexus of open government data, civic engagement, and bureaucratic representation in environmental justice issues.

Dr. Liang's research has appeared in a variety of public administration and public policy journals, including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Administration, International Public Management Journal, and Policy Studies Journal.



PA 515: Bureaucracy and the Policy Process

PA 505: Public Management Practices

PA 494: Comparative Public Administration: China/U.S.

PA 401: Foundations of Public Service

PPOL 303: Bureaucracy and Public Policy

PPOL 240: Environmental Policy


*** Fall 2024 ***

I will be on sabbatical in Fall 2024.


Service to the University (AY23-24)

Member, General Education Council, UIC

Chair, Educational Policy Committee, CUPPA

Chair, Undergraduate Program Committee, PPMA

Member, PhD Program Committee, PPMA

Chair, PhD Core Theory Comprehensive Exam Committee, PPMA

Member, Promotion & Tenure Committee (Ad Hoc), PPMA

Selected Grants

Civic Engagement Research Award (2021), Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, University of Illinois Chicago, “Inclusive Open Government Data Implementation for Environmental Justice: Enhancing Community Stakeholders’ Voices”, Co-PI

Faculty Fellowship (2018), Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, University of Illinois Chicago, “Implications of State Governments’ Performance Management for Environmental Justice”, PI

Selected Publications

* Student co-author at time of writing

Park, Sanghee, and Jiaqi Liang. 2024. “The Effectiveness-Equity Tradeoff When Organizational Resources Change: Evidence from Environmental Policy Implementation in the U.S. States.” Public Administration Review. (Accepted on November 21, 2023)

Fusi, Federica, Fengxiu Zhang, and Jiaqi Liang. 2023. “Unveiling Environmental Justice Through Open Government Data: Work In Progress for Most US States.” Public Administration 101(3): 1088-1114.

Stazyk, Edmund C., Randall S. Davis, and Jiaqi Liang. 2021. “Probing the Links between Workforce Diversity, Goal Clarity, and Employee Job Satisfaction in Public Sector Organizations.” Administrative Sciences 11(3): 77.

Zhou, Shan, and Jiaqi Liang. 2021. “Migrant Workers and Environmental Amenities and Infrastructure in Urban China: From the Lens of Environmental Justice.” Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 23(6): 781-795.

Liang, Jiaqi, and Laura Langbein. 2021. “Are State-Owned Enterprises Good Citizens in Environmental Governance? Evidence from the Control of Air Pollution in China.” Administration & Society 53(8): 1263-1292.

Langbein, Laura, Jiaqi Liang, and Michaela Buenemann. 2021. “Comparing the Effects of Changes in Performance Incentives and Implementation Activities on Policy Outcomes: Evidence from Air Pollution Emissions in China.” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 23(3): 328-349.

Park, Sanghee, and Jiaqi Liang. 2021. “A Comparative Study on Gender Representation and Social Outcomes: The Effect of Political and Bureaucratic Representation.” Public Administration Review 81(2): 321-332.

Liang, Jiaqi, Sanghee Park, and Tianshu Zhao*. 2020. “Representative Bureaucracy, Distributional Equity, and Environmental Justice.” Public Administration Review 80(3): 402-414.

Liang, Jiaqi, and Liang Ma. 2020. “Ownership, Affiliation, and Organizational Performance: Evidence from China’s Results-Oriented Energy Policy.” International Public Management Journal 23(1): 57-83.

Park, Sanghee, and Jiaqi Liang. 2020. “Merit, Diversity, and Performance: Does Diversity Management Moderate the Effect of Merit Principles on Governmental Performance.” Public Personnel Management 49(1): 83-110.

Liang, Jiaqi, and Laura Langbein. 2019. “Linking Anticorruption Threats, Performance Pay, Administrative Outputs, and Policy Outcomes in China.” Public Administration 97: 177-194.

Ma, Liang, and Jiaqi Liang. 2018. “The Effects of Firm Ownership and Affiliation on Government’s Target Setting on Energy Conservation in China.” Journal of Cleaner Production 199: 459-465.

Liang, Jiaqi. 2018. “Latinos and Environmental Justice: Examining the Link between Degenerative Policy, Political Representation, and Environmental Policy Implementation.” Policy Studies Journal 46(1): 60-89.

Liang, Jiaqi. 2017. “Regulatory Effectiveness and Social Equity in Environmental Governance: Assessing Goal Conflict, Trade-Off, and Synergy.” The American Review of Public Administration 48(7): 761-776.

Liang, Jiaqi. 2016. “Defining Environmental Justice Communities for Regulatory Enforcement: Implications from a Block-Group-Level Analysis of New York State.” Review of Policy Research 33(6): 666-685.

Liang, Jiaqi. 2016. “The Shadow of the Politics of Deservedness? The Implications of Group-Centric Policy Context for Environmental Policy Implementation Inequalities in the United States.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 26(3): 552-570.

Liang, Jiaqi, and Laura Langbein. 2015. “Performance Management, High-Powered Incentives, and Environmental Policies in China.” International Public Management Journal 18(3): 346-385.

Liang, Jiaqi. 2014. “Who Maximizes (or Satisfices) in Performance Management? An Empirical Study of the Effects of Motivation-Related Institutional Contexts on Energy Efficiency Policy in China.” Public Performance & Management Review 38(2): 284-315.

Liang, Jiaqi, and Daniel J. Fiorino. 2013. “The Implications of Policy Stability for Renewable Energy Innovation in the United States, 1974 – 2009.” Policy Studies Journal 41(1): 97-118.

Service to Community

Associate Editor, International Journal of Public Administration, January 2022 – present

Member, Editorial Board, Urban Governance, January 2023 – present

Chair, Public Administration Section, American Political Science Association, September 2023 – August 2024

Chair-Elect, Public Administration Section, American Political Science Association, September 2022 – August 2023

Program Chair, Public Administration Section, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2022

Member, Executive Committee, Public Administration Section, American Political Science Association, September 2019 – August 2022

Program Chair, Bureaucratic Politics Section, Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2022

Member, Haldane Prize for Best Article Committee, Public Administration, 2022

Member, Herbert A. Simon Book Award Committee, American Political Science Association, 2019

Member, Kenneth J. Meier Award Committee, Midwest Political Science Association, 2019

Member, H. George Frederickson Award Committee, Public Management Research Association, 2017

Notable Honors

2018, 40 for 40 Fellowship Award for Outstanding Early Career Research Professionals, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

2016, Young Scholar Manuscript Award, China-America Association of Public Affairs


PhD, Public Administration, School of Public Affairs, American University, 2014 (Washington, DC)
MPA, Public Affairs, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri, 2009 (Columbia, MO)
LL.M., Dispute Resolution, School of Law, University of Missouri, 2007 (Columbia, MO)