Professor Shi Yan was born and grew up in Beijing, China. He joined the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University as an assistant professor after completion of his doctorate.
Professor Yan's research focuses on sentencing and plea bargaining, as well as measurement issues related to data on criminal justice. Recently, he is also working on projects that examine important criminal career properties, as well as risk factors associated with crimes and delinquent behaviors. He specializes in the analysis of large, administrative datasets on crimes and case processing. His work has been published in Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Criminology & Public Policy, among others.
Professor Yan has taught courses on courts and sentencing, research methods and statistics, and utilizes team-based learning in all in-person courses. He is also actively mentoring master's and PhD students.
Professor Yan has served on a variety of committees, both within the School and in professional organizations. He has also served as an ad hoc reviewer for multiple leading academic journals in criminology. He is a non-officer board director of the Association of Chinese Criminology and Criminal Justice in the United States.