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Shi Yan

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

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.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Criminal Justice, University at Albany, SUNY, 2016
  • M.A. Criminal Justice, University at Albany, SUNY, 2013
  • LL.B. Peking University, Beijing, China, 2008
Research Interests: 
  • Sentencing and plea bargaining
  • Criminal careers from a criminal justice perspective
  • Measurement issues related to crime and criminal justice data
Publications: 
  • Tahamont, S., Jelveh, Z., Chalfin, A., Yan, S., & Hansen, B. (2020). Dude, where's my treatment effect? Errors in administrative data linking and the destruction of statistical power in randomized experiments. Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Advance online publication. 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
Research Activity: 
  • Multiple research projects analyzing criminal history and case processing data from New York State
  • Analyzing survey data obtained from youth in Arizona
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
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 303Statistical Analysis
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: 
  • American Society of Criminology (ASC)
  • Arizona Association of Crime Analysts (AACA)
  • Western Society of Criminology (WSC)
Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 
  • Jason Walker (PhD, supervisory committee member)
  • Shayla Fordyce (MS, completed Spring 2018, thesis committee member)
Work History: 
  • Assistant Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University (2016-present)
Service: 
  • School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Comprehensive Exam Committee, Member (2018-2020)
  • The American Society of Criminology
    • 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 Statistician; Asian Journal of Criminology; Criminal Justice Review; Criminology; Digital 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)