Elizabeth Freund Larus

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 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:

Professor Larus was rewarded a Taiwan Fellowship in 2015 from the Republic of China (Taiwan) Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a Taiwan Fellow, Dr. Larus analyzed the implications of the US rebalance to the Asia-Pacific on regional security. During her fellowship, Dr. Larus conducted field research in Taiwan and mainland China. In 2015, Dr. Larus conducted research at the US Naval War College on China’s view of the US rebalance to the Western Pacific. She also conducted field research in Beijing and Shanghai.

She is currently conducting research on Taiwan’s military and national defense, and US naval diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific.

In 2015, Dr. Larus published her chapter “Technological Change and China’s Naval Modernization: Security Implications for Taiwan,” in Cross-Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change, Paul Irwin Crookes and Jan Knoerich, eds., (Palgrave MacMillan).

Professor Larus is the author of Politics and Society in Contemporary China (2012).  Reviewers have described the book as “engaging, theoretically sound, and filled with interesting details valuable to students and scholars alike,” and as a “readable, well-informed, and current text for a course in Chinese politics.” More information about the book is available.

Author of Economic Reform in China 1979-2003: The Marketization of Labor and State Enterprises (2005), more than twenty book chapters and articles on contemporary politics in China and Taiwan, including “Soft-power versus hard cash: Retaining diplomatic allies,” in Taiwan and the International Community (2008), andTaiwan Republic of China,” in Encyclopedia of Modern China (2009) and articles in Policy Studies Review, American Asian Review and Asian Affairs.

Her other significant scholarly achievements include

  • Academic Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) in Washington, D.C., 2007-2008.
  • President, Virginia Consortium for Asian Studies, 1999-2001.
  • Research Fellow, Centre for Asian Pacific Studies, Lingnan College, Hong Kong.
  • Pacific Cultural Foundation Research Grant, Taiwan.

To send an email to Professor Larus:  elarus@umw.edu