Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor Emerita and past Department ChairHeadshot of Professor Emerita Elizabeth Freund Larus
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Areas of Specialization:

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations (East Asia)
  • Politics of China and Taiwan
  • Security issues in the Asia-Pacific.



Scholarly Achievements:

  • Politics and Society in Contemporary China, 2nd Edition, 2020
  • Politics and Society in Contemporary China, 2012
  • Economic Reform in China 1979-2003: The Marketization of Labor and State Enterprises, 2005
  • U.S. Research Scholar to Poland, 2020
  • Fulbright Research Scholarship, Polish-US Fulbright Commission
  • Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum
  • Taiwan Fellowship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
  • Visiting Scholar, National Cheng-chi University, Taiwan
  • US Army War College Commandant’s National Security Program
  • Academic Fellow, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) in Washington, D.C.
  • President, Virginia Consortium for Asian Studies
  • Board member, American Association for Chinese Studies
  • Dozens of scholarly articles on contemporary politics in China and Taiwan in Policy Studies ReviewAmerican Asian ReviewAsian Affairs, and TEKA (Poland).
  • Several book chapters in scholarly books, including “Technological Change and China’s Naval Modernization: Security Implications for Taiwan,” in Cross-Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change; “Soft-power versus hard cash: Retaining diplomatic allies,” in Taiwan and the International Community); and Taiwan Republic of China,” in Encyclopedia of Modern China
  • Appearances on CNBC, CGTN, Global News Asia, BBC


  • John M. Kramer Faculty Excellence Award, 2020
  • Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award, 2019
  • Waple Professorship, University of Mary Washington, 2016

Contact Information:

To contact Professor Larus, send an email at: elarus@umw.edu