Professor Liu's teaching consists of courses in Asian art and architecture, Japanese art and architecture, Chinese art and architecture, Chinese painting, 20th-century Chinese art, and seminars on advanced topics closely tied to his research: Northern Song imperial painting academy, landscape, and poetic painting. He is also a member of the teaching team for a global art history survey. He served as chair of the Art Department in 2006-2009.
He has presented research papers at College Art Association annual conferences, Salzburg Global Seminar, the International Congress of Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art in London, Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the Palace Museum in both Beijing and Taipei, Shanghai Museum, as well as invited lectures at Princeton, Harvard, Chicago, and Bard Graduate Center. He has also given talks to art and art history students in China during summer fieldwork there.