Yaqi "Sam" Yuan

Assistant Professor

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
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Email Address: yaqi.yuan@gatech.edu


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Yaqi “Sam” Yuan is a sociologist specializing in aging and life course theory — the study of the path or journey people take through life as defined by major life stages. Yuan is also interested in medical sociology and cross-national studies. After completing her doctorate in sociology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, she was a visiting assistant professor of sociology at Wake Forest University. Her research focuses on comprehending public opinion regarding healthcare systems in the United States and globally, employing a life course perspective and utilizing mixed methods. Her work has appeared in Health Policy, Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, and the International Journal of Comparative Sociology, among others. She is currently researching the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on older adults in Singapore and the United States.

  • Ph.D.; Sociology; University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA
  • M.A.; Political Science; Hunan University, China
  • B.A.; English Language Studies; Hunan Agricultural University, China
Areas of
  • Aging And The Life Course
  • Cross-national Studies
  • Health Policy
  • Mixed Methods


Research Fields:
  • Global Cities and Urban Society
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
  • Asia (East)
  • Asia (South)
  • United States
  • Health
  • Aging


  • HTS-2101: Research Methods
  • HTS-3102: Social Theory and Social Structure
  • HTS-4011: Sociology of the Life Course