Qing Liu, who was born in 1963, received his B.S and M.S in Engineering at Donghua University in Shanghai and stayed there as a lecturer after graduation. In 1991, Liu came to the U.S. and attended Mackay University, where he earned a master’s degree in political science. He then enrolled at the University of Minnesota, during which time he served as a research associate of the Institute of Culture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and was deputy editor of the "21st Century" bimonthly. Liu Qing was awarded the 1994-1996 MacArthur American Scholar Award and the 1998 U.S. National Social Science Research Council Summer Research Fellowship. In 2003, Liu Qing received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota and then returned to Shanghai. He has since become a faculty professor and administrator at East China Normal University. He is also a member of the Shanghai World History Society, a professor at New York University in Shanghai, and an honor research associate of the Institute of Culture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Liu’s research focuses on the history of western thoughts, modern western political philosophy and contemporary issues. He has published the research monograph Unresolved Moments: Western Ideas of Modernity and the scholarly review Diversion. He has also compiled journals including Thoughts on Liberalism and China Modernization and Irony of Freedom of Speech. In 2006, he was elected to the “Shanghai Pujiang Program" and became a member of the U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar Project the following year. In 2008, the Ministration of Education of PRC elected him to be part of the New Century Excellence Plan.