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Shi Yan

Assistant Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4420
Assistant Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4420
Biography: 

Shi Yan is an assistant professor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and an affiliated faculty of the Law and Behavioral Science group, Arizona State University. He received a PhD in criminal justice from the University at Albany, SUNY.

Professor Yan’s research pursues an evidence-based understanding of today’s court system, with a focus on sentencing and plea bargaining. His work seeks to address the disparities in case outcomes, as well as when and why defendants accept or reject guilty pleas. He is also interested in the broad idea of assessing risk in the criminal justice context, with a focus on the pattern and implication of criminal records. Professor Yan’s research is highly interdisciplinary, and has been published in several elite journals across disciplines, such as Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

Professor Yan is teaching courses on courts and sentencing, research methods, statistics, and introduction to criminal justice, utilizing team-based learning in all in-person and sync courses. He is also actively mentoring and collaborating with master’s and PhD students.

Professor Yan is actively providing academic service at ASU and in professional organizations. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for a variety of academic journals both inside and outside of criminology, and has provided comments on research findings to both agencies and media. 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Criminal Justice, University at Albany, SUNY, 2016
  • M.A. Criminal Justice, University at Albany, SUNY, 2013
  • LL.B. Peking University, 2008
Research Interests: 
  • Sentencing and plea bargaining
  • Criminal careers from a criminal justice perspective
  • Measurement issues related to crime and criminal justice data
Publications: 
  • Yan, S., & Lao, J. (2021). Sex disparities in sentencing and judges’ beliefs: A vignette approach. Victims & Offenders. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/15564886.2021.1947427

  • Wilford, M. M., Zimmerman, D. M., Yan, S., & Sutherland, K. T. (2021). Innocence in the shadow of COVID-19: Plea decision making during a pandemic. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/xap0000367
  • Wu, S., Yoder, G., Lee, N., Yan, S., & Wolfersteig, W. (2021). Racial disparities in school lunch program participation and cigarette use: Evidence from Arizona Youth Survey data. Substance Use and Misuse, 56(10), 1516-1526. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2021.1942051
  • Tahamont, S., Jelveh, Z., Chalfin, A., Yan, S., & Hansen, B. (2021). Dude, where's my treatment effect? Errors in administrative data linking and the destruction of statistical power in randomized experiments. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 37(3), 715-749. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10940-020-09461-x
  • Yan, S. (2020). What exactly is the bargain? The sensitivity of plea discount estimates. Justice Quarterly. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2019.1707856
  • Wu, S., Yan, S., Marsiglia, F. F. & Perron, B. (2020). Patterns and social determinants of substance use among Arizona youth: A latent class analysis approach. Children and Youth Services Review, 110, 104769. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.104769
  • Yan, S. (2020). Estimating the size of plea discounts: Why does it matter? In C. Spohn & P. K. Brennan (Eds.), Handbook on sentencing policies and practices in the 21st century, The ASC Division on Corrections & Sentencing’s Handbook Series (Vol. 4, pp. 188-207). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429027765-10
  • Yan, S. (2019). Does criminal specialization predict case processing? Crime & Delinquency, 65(12), 1648-1688. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011128718765123
  • Yan, S., & Bushway, S. D. (2018). Plea discounts or trial penalties? Making sense of the trial-plea sentence disparities. Justice Quarterly, 35(7), 1226-1249. https://doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2018.1552715
  • Redlich, A. D., Yan, S., Norris, R. J., & Bushway, S. D. (2018). The influence of confessions in guilty plea decisions and sentences. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 24(2), 147-157. https://doi.org/10.1037/law0000144
  • Yan, S., Bushway, S. D., & Redlich, A. D. (2018). Discretion in the absence of guidelines: Charge bargaining and sentencing for felony defendants in New York. In J. T. Ulmer & M. S. Bradley (Eds.), Handbook on punishment decisions: Locations of disparity, The ASC Division on Corrections & Sentencing’s Handbook Series (Vol.2, pp. 133-151). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315410371-7
  • Yan, S. (2017). Search for the hidden punishments: An alternative approach to studying alternative sanctions. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 33(1), 21-44. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10940-015-9275-4
  • Tahamont, S., Yan, S., Bushway, S. D., & Liu, J. (2015). Pathways to prison in New York State. Criminology & Public Policy, 14(3), 431-453. https://doi.org/10.1111/1745-9133.12136
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 203Courts and Sentencing
CRJ 513Seminar in Courts & Sentencing
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 100Intro to Criminal Justice
CRJ 504Statistical Tools/Criminal Jus
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 302Research Methods
CRJ 513Seminar in Courts & Sentencing
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 504Statistical Tools/Criminal Jus
CRJ 513Seminar in Courts & Sentencing
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 100Intro to Criminal Justice
CRJ 513Seminar in Courts & Sentencing
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 504Statistical Tools/Criminal Jus
CRJ 513Seminar in Courts & Sentencing
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 302Research Methods
CRJ 513Seminar in Courts & Sentencing
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 203Courts and Sentencing
CRJ 302Research Methods
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 303Statistical Analysis
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 302Research Methods
Honors / Awards: 
  • Gene Carte Student Paper Award, American Society of Criminology, 2015
  • Recipient, Bureau of Justice Statistics/Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Summer Fellowship, Quantitative Analysis of Crime and Criminal Justice Data, University of Michigan, 2012
Professional Associations: 
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
  • American Psychology-Law Society (APLS)
  • American Society of Criminology (ASC)
  • Arizona Association of Crime Analysts (AACA)
  • Western Society of Criminology (WSC)
Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 
  • PhD Students: Karissa Pelletier (dissertation committee member, Spring 2021); Qingting Hu (dissertation committee member, Summer 2021); Jason Walker (dissertation or supervisory committee member, in progress)
  • MS Students: Shayla Fordyce (thesis committee member, Spring 2018); Kymani Erskine (thesis committee member, in progress); Jacob Forston (thesis chair, in progress)
Work History: 
  • Assistant Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University (2016-present)
Service: 
  • School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
    • Executive Committee, Member (2021-2022)
    • Comprehensive Exam Committee, Member (2018-2020)
  • The American Society of Criminology
    • 2022 Annual Meeting Program Committee, Sub-area Chair on Prosecutorial Discretion and Plea Bargaining
    • 2020 Annual Meeting Program Committee, Sub-area Chair on Courts and Sentencing
    • Division on Corrections and Sentencing, Newsletter Committee, Member (2020)
  • The Association of Chinese Criminology and Criminal Justice in the US, Non-officer Director (2016-2018, 2018-2020)
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer/Referee for Academic Journals (Most Recent Service in 2015 or Later):
    • The American StatisticianArchives of Public Health; Asian Journal of Criminology; Criminal Justice ReviewCriminal Justice StudiesCriminology; Criminology & Public PolicyDigital Threats: Research and Practice; Journal of Criminal Justice; Journal of Empirical Legal Studies; Journal of Quantitative Criminology; Justice Quarterly; Law & Society Review; Punishment & Society
  • United Way School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Unit Representative (2016, 2017, 2018)