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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, Arizona State University. He is also an affiliated faculty of the Law and Behavioral Science group. He received his 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 Children and Youth Services Review.

Professor Yan is teaching courses on courts and sentencing, research methods, and statistics, and utilizes team-based learning in all in-person 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 also served as an ad hoc reviewer for a variety of academic journals both inside and outside of criminology. 

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: 
  • 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
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
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: 
  • 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: 
  • Karissa Pelletier (PhD, dissertation committee member, ongoing)
  • Jason Walker (PhD, supervisory committee member, ongoing)
  • Shayla Fordyce (MS, completed Spring 2018, thesis committee member)

Also teaching two graduate-level courses (see Teaching) on a rotating basis

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 ReviewCriminal Justice StudiesCriminology; 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)