Yaqi(Sam) Yuan(she/her)

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology, Wake Forest University


I am a visiting assistant professor in the Sociology Department at Wake Forest University. I completed my Ph.D. in sociology at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in May 2020. My research interests are Medical Sociology, Aging and the Life Course, Law and Society, and Sociology of Families. I also love traveling around the world and taking photographs on the road (the cover picture above was shot in Santorini,Greece)

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 22: Previn Mosley (C) stands with other health care reform supporters at a “Big Insurance: Sick of It” rally September 22, 2009 in New York City. The protest is part of a national day of action with rallies across the country against the insurance industry. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

My research uses advanced quantitative techniques to analyze how individual social backgrounds interact with wider social contexts to affect public opinions of healthcare systems. My dissertation, which is funded by a Dissertation Fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences, SUNY Buffalo, investigates differences between individuals and across countries in public opinion of healthcare system and physicians in 30 countries. I also explore period and cohort effects in the change in public attitude toward government responsibility for health care in the U.S. in my dissertation. The empirical analyses have important practical implications for medical, political, and sociological research. 


Recent courses include:

  • Basic Statistics for Social Science
  • Classical Sociological Theory
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Law and Society
  • Social Research Methods
  • Sociology of the Life Course


Email: yaqiyuan[at]buffalo[dot]edu