Yaqi(Sam) Yuan

PhD Candidate and Instructor

Department of Sociology, University at Buffalo, SUNY


I am a PhD candidate and instructor at the Department of Sociology, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. 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 31 countries. I also explore period (especially the Great Recession) 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 (online)
  • Law and Society
  • Social Research Methods


Email: yaqiyuan[at]buffalo[dot]edu