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Elizabeth Larus - University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg, VA, US

Elizabeth Larus Elizabeth Larus

Professor, Political Science | University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA, UNITED STATES

Elizabeth Larus is a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington.



Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science, received a Ph.D. (1994) in government with a certificate in Asian studies from the University of Virginia. She earned an M.A. (1989) in public administration, also from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. (1983) in journalism from Creighton University. An expert in the politics of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, Dr. Larus conducted field research while living in Asia for three years. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and is the former press secretary for former U.S. Congressman Hal Daub. She is the author of the books Economic Reform in China, 1979-2003: The Marketization of Labor and State Enterprises (2005) and Politics and Society in Contemporary China (2012).

Her articles have been published in several professional journals including Issues & Studies, American Journal of Chinese Studies, Policy Studies Review, Southeast Review of Asian Studies, Asian Affairs, American Asian Review, and the Chinese-English magazine Voice of Han.

She also has written chapters in several books including Taiwan and the International Community; The China Handbook; Taiwan and Mainland China Toward the Twenty first Century; Adjusting to Capitalism: Chinese Workers and Their State; Across the Taiwan Strait: Exchanges, Conflicts, and Negotiations; and Remaking China’s Public Management.

Dr. Larus has presented the papers “Taiwan after the Global Financial Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?” at the American Association for Chinese Studies conference and “Taiwan’s Reaction to Global Financial Crisis” at the American Political Science Association conference.

Among her awards are a Dissertation Fellowship Award and two duPont Fellowships, all from the University of Virginia. She also was the recipient of a Lingnan Foundation Research Grant and a Pacific Cultural Foundation Grant. She was a 2007-08 academic fellow of The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. In addition, Dr. Larus is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Association for Asian Studies, the American Association for Chinese Studies, and the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies. Dr. Larus has served on the editorial board of Issues & Studies and as the president of the Virginia Consortium for Asian Studies.

Areas of Expertise (12)

Political Science University Teaching Public Policy International Relations Foreign Policy Research Community Outreach Public Speaking Policy Analysis Asia-Pacific Issues Economic Research Journalism

Accomplishments (3)

Taiwan Fellowship (professional)


Awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China.

Research Grant (professional)

Awarded by the Lingnan Foundation.

Research Grant in Chinese Studies (professional)

Awarded by the Pacific Cultural Foundation.

Education (3)

University of Virginia: Ph.D., Government 1994

With a certificate in Asian studies.

University of Virginia: M.A., Public Administration 1989

Creighton University: B.A., Journalism 1983

Affiliations (5)

  • American Association for Chinese Studies
  • China Studies Group
  • American Political Science Association
  • Conference Group on Taiwan Studies
  • Virginia Consortium for Asian Studies

Media Appearances (4)

Academic says the US is taking a low-key approach to Taiwan ties

CNBC.com  online


Elizabeth Freund Larus of the University of Mary Washington says the U.S. is taking a cautious approach to how it interacts diplomatically with Taiwan to avoid upsetting the one China policy.

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US opens new $255m de facto embassy in Taiwan

Financial Times  online


However, the choice to send Ms Royce was not a “kowtow to Beijing”, said Elizabeth Freund Larus, a professor and Taiwan defence expert at the University of Mary Washington.
“The US historically has not sent sitting high-level cabinet members to events in Taiwan, so her participation is in keeping with past experience,” said Prof Larus.

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US-Taiwan relations warm in face of Beijing protests

Financial Times  online


However, it is “increasingly unlikely” the US will use Taiwan as a bargaining chip, said Taiwan defence expert Elizabeth Freund Larus, a political-science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “Trump appears to be disappointed not to have more co-operation from Xi Jinping after their ...

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The Heat: US economy under Trump administration

America.cgtn.com; EBL News.com  online


U.S. President Donald Trump has long touted his ability as a deal maker.

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Event Appearances (1)

Taiwan after the Global Financial Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

American Association for Chinese Studies annual meeting  Winston-Salem, NC


Articles (4)

Technological Change and China's Naval Modernization: Security Implications for Taiwan Palgrave MacMillan


In "Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change: Security, Economic and Cultural Dimensions," edited by Paul Irwin Crookes and Jan Knoerich.

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Politics and Society in Contemporary China Lynne Rienner Publishers


This authoritative text captures the dynamism of Chinese politics and society. Elizabeth Larus begins with a broad sweep of China's modern history—from the imperial era to the present—providing essential context for understanding the current political environment. She then makes sense of the dramatic political, social, and economic changes that have occurred across some six decades. The result is a rich and detailed analysis that is both thought-provoking and accessible, appropriate for students at all levels.

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Taiwan's Quest for International Recognition Issues & Studies


To be attractive to other states, Taiwan has constructed a national identity based on universal values of democracy, freedom, and economic prosperity. This article examines Taiwan's use of soft power and national identity issues to gain international recognition of national sovereignty.

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Economic Reform in China, 1979-2003: The Marketization of Labor and State Enterprises Edwin Mellen Press


This book provides a clear, yet intricate understanding of the issues, focusing on the state industrial enterprises and affirming that a policy of gradualism was politically prudent in the 1980s and 90s given the political constraints and resistance to reforms by some labor groups. It depicts the delicate balance between state owned enterprises and domestic worker dissatisfaction.

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