Eric Liu

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Eric Liu
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Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy
In office
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Elena Kagan
Succeeded by John Bridgeland
Personal details
Born 1968 (age 49–50)
Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
Nationality USA
Relatives Jena Cane (wife)
Occupation author, educator, strategist, journalist

Eric P. Liu (traditional Chinese: 劉柏川; simplified Chinese: 刘柏川; pinyin: Liú Bǎichuān, born 1968) is an American writer and founder of Citizen University.[1] Liu served as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Domestic Policy at the White House between 1999 and 2000. He served as Speechwriter and Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Security Council at the White House from 1993 to 1994. Liu is currently a Senior Law Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law. President Obama nominated him in January 2015 to serve on the board of directors of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service; his term will expire in December 2017.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Liu was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, to parents born in China who later moved from Taiwan. His uncle was a Premier of Taiwan, Liu Chao-shiuan.


He studied history at Yale University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.[4]

Liu today is CEO of Citizen University, a non-profit organization[5][6] that promotes what it calls "powerful citizenship".[7] His TED talk on this topic has been viewed more than one million times.[8] In 2014, he launched the Aspen Institute Program on Citizenship and American Identity to advance conversation about the nature of American national identity.[9]

Liu and businessman Nick Hanauer have co-authored two political books: The True Patriot (Sasquatch Books, 2007),[10] which redefines patriotism in progressive terms; and The Gardens of Democracy (Sasquatch Books, 2011),[11] which presents a 21st-century way of envisioning citizenship, the economy, and the role of government.[12]

Liu is a regular columnist for and a correspondent for He wrote the "Teachings" column for Slate magazine from 2002 to 2005. His most recent book, A Chinaman's Chance, explores being Chinese American in the age of China and America. He is also the author of Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life (2005), about transformative mentors, leaders and teachers, and The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker (1998), about ethnicity, identity and acculturation. His book Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute, explores ways to unlock imagination in education, politics, business and the arts.

Liu lives in Seattle, where he serves on numerous boards, teaches civic leadership courses at the University of Washington, and hosts a television show called Seattle Voices.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Citizen University
  2. ^ About CNCS » Who We Are, Officers and Membership of the Board of Directors
  3. ^ PN37 — Eric P. Liu, US Senate records – Previledged Nominations.
  4. ^ ON CAMPUS WITH: Eric Liu; Last Job? Speeches For Clinton, By ELIZABETH COHEN Published: September 15, 1994 .
  5. ^ "Corporations: Registration Detail - WA Secretary of State". Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  6. ^ "GuideStar:Amex-Organization Report". Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  7. ^ "Citizen University". Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  8. ^ Liu, Eric. "Why ordinary people need to understand power". Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  9. ^ "Citizenship and American Identity Program". Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  10. ^ Liu, Eric; Hanauer, Nick (2007-01-01). The True Patriot. Sasquatch Books. ISBN 9781570615573. 
  11. ^ Liu, Eric; Hanauer, Nick (2011-01-01). The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government. Sasquatch Books. ISBN 9781570618239. 
  12. ^ "The Book". "The Gardens of Democracy" Web site. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

Critical studies
  1. David Leiwei Li, "On Ascriptive and Acquisitional Americanness: The Accidental Asian and the Illogic of Assimilation." Contemporary Literature, 2004 Spring; 45 (1): 106–34

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