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. He collaborates with psychologists, economists, social work researchers, and computer scientists. His papers have appeared in several elite journals in different fields, 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, where he utilizes team-based learning in all in-person courses. He is also actively mentoring and collaborating with 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 academic journals both inside and outside of criminology.