Freya Q. Liu, Ph.D.

Freya Q. Liu, Ph.D.

Research Associate

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Projects related to the environment, health and wellbeing, and public transportation are all part of the puzzle I enjoy solving with the rest of the research team, learning new things along the way and engaging with colleagues and diverse participants in authentic connections. I am a first-generation immigrant from China and pursued my PhD in Neuroscience and Behavior from the University of Georgia. During my doctoral research, I also went to rural Brazil for five field seasons and studied wild capuchin monkeys to understand the evolutionary origins of human tool use. I held tenure track faculty positions in UNC Pembroke and SUNY Oswego before moving to Seattle and decided to take a break from my career to focus on my two young children and motherhood. After a six-year pause, I enthusiastically re-entered the workforce ready to put my research skills into meaningful work. This is where I found PRR. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids, cooking/baking/fermenting, learning to garden and vermicompost, running rain or shine, co-directing a small (100% outdoors year-round) forest school for kids, and listening to audiobooks and podcasts. I am also passionate about traditional cultural studies, be it ancient Chinese or ancient Greek.

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An anti-racist PRR dismantles systems of advantage based on race when and wherever possible. We engage staff of all racial identities in dismantling white supremacy culture at work. This  includes personal ideologies, beliefs, and behaviors. And, it includes removing white supremacy culture from the systems, cultural messages, institutional policies, procedures, and practices that PRR and our staff interact with and inform. We believe it is not enough to be “not racist.” We must be “anti-racist.”