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Institute of Criminology



Lu holds an LL.B. from Tsinghua University School of Law, completed the LL.M. from NYU School of Law and is a registered lawyer in New York State. Lu also did the MPhil in Criminological Research at the Institute of Criminology Cambridge University in 2015 before progressing into the PhD. Prior to her adventure into Criminology, Lu had years of experience working at a leading international law firm, interned at the New York Police Department Legal Bureau as well as the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor (law division and the intelligence division), and worked as a research scholar at the US-Asia Law Institute at NYU School of Law on several criminal-justice related projects.



Lu’s academic interests include policing, terrorism and general violence. She is experienced in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and enjoys combining her knowledge in both legal and criminological studies. Lu did her MPhil dissertation on Special Weapon and Tactics Police in China with distinction, the results were presented to the 2016 CEPOL European Police Research & Science Conference on Global Trends in Law Enforcement Training and Education. Lu's current PhD research, supervised by Professor Manuel Eisner, primarily employs statistical modelling to examine the temporal and spatial patters of kidnappings by terrorist and insurgent groups, and what might be the explanatory factors for the different outcomes of kidnapping incidents. Lu also worked as an independent consultant to the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) and prepared internal report and training materials on global practices of violent extremism prevention and rehabilitation.

 Lu  Liu