Shi Yan
Assistant Professor
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
(602) 496-1514

Shi Yan was born and grew up in Beijing, China.  He earned an LL.B. from Peking University in 2008, and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from University at Albany, SUNY in 2016.  He joined the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at ASU as an assistant professor after completion of the Ph.D. degree.

Yan's research focuses on sentencing, plea bargaining, as well as measurement issues related to data on criminal justice.  Recently, he is also working on projects that examine key criminal career properties, as well as risk factors associated with crimes and delinquent behaviors.  He is specialized in the analysis of large, administrative datasets on crimes and case processing.  His work has been published in Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Criminology & Public Policy, among others.

Yan has taught courses on courts and sentencing, research methods, and statistics.  He is serving as a non-officer board director of the Association of Chinese Criminology and Criminal Justice in the U.S.

  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, 2016, University at Albany, SUNY
  • M.A. in Criminal Justice, 2013, University at Albany, SUNY
  • LL.B., 2008, Peking University (Beijing, China)
  • Sentencing and plea bargaining
  • Modeling criminal careers from a criminal justice perspective
  • Measurement issues related to criminal record data