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Cathy Yang Liu

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Southern California


Community and Economic Development, Urban Labor Market and Policy, Migration and Entrepreneurship, International Urban Development


Cathy Yang Liu is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California and Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She is the faculty director for the urban planning and policy concentration in bachelor, master, and Ph.D. in public policy degree programs and the Graduate certificate in Planning and Economic Development.

Dr. Liu conducts research and publishes widely on topics related to community and economic development, migration and mobility patterns, and immigrants’ employment dynamics in the urban contexts.  She addresses urban policy and community development issues in the context of changing urban spatial form, demographic dynamics and economic processes. Other interests include the creative economy, ethnic entrepreneurship and urban policy, as well as urban development and migration issues in global cities around the world. Her research can be found in journals such as Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Urban Studies, Journal of Urban Affairs, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Economic Development Quarterly, among others, and has been supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Haynes Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, Regional Studies Association, and Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Dr. Liu currently serves as a Managing Editor for Journal of Urban Affairs (journal of the Urban Affairs Association), and an Associate Editor for Regional Studies, Regional Science (journal of the Regional Studies Association). Her personal site is available at