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Dr. Fei Yang

Dr. Fei Yang

Dr. Fei Yang

Assistant ProfessorCriminal Justice


Dr. Fei Yang holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Yang's research focuses on the institution and practices of American law enforcement, with a special emphasis on race relations as manifested in policing. Her scholarly work covers a wide range of topics within the field of policing, including the history of American policing, modern-day policing, crime prevention strategies and their underpinning philosophies, policing innovations and technologies, policies and reforms, police-community relations, as well as surveillance and social control. Dr. Yang has extensive experience working with police officers and her research has been very well received both within the law enforcement community and the community at large. Dr. Yang is the Director of the Houston Laboratory for Crime and Justice, a research lab that partners with local criminal justice organizations on data-informed decision making and evidence-based research. Prior to joining UHD, Dr. Yang has taught at three institutions in two other states, including State University of New York at Albany, California State University at Fullerton, and the University of California, Irvine.

Degrees Earned

University of California, Irvine - Ph.D. - 2020

University at Albany, State University of New York - M.A. - 2010

Peking University - B.Phil. - 2008

Courses Taught

CJ 3301 Criminology
CJ 3311 Ethics in Criminal Justice

Experience Qualifications

Yang, F. (2019). Predictive Policing. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190264079.013.508

Yang, F. (2019). When home becomes prison and prison becomes home: A case study of battered women who kill and self-defense laws. Critical Issues in Justice and Politics, 11(1), 215-235.

Yang, F. (2019, November). Policing the police with body-worn cameras: The social context of technology and social control. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology 75th Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.

Yang, F. (2019, October). Lessons learned: Reflections on the 2019 USALI wrongful convictions program. Presented at the 4th Wrongful Convictions Program at New York University School of Law. New York, NY (invited presentation).

Yang, F. (2018, November). The changing narratives about police body-worn cameras and police-citizen relations. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology 74th Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Yang, F. (2017, November). Restoring police legitimacy: The politicization of policing through mass political debates and social movements. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology 73rd Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Yang, F. (2016, November). Twenty-two years after the passage of VAWA: A comparative case study on domestic violence. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology 72nd Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.

More Information

  • Certificate of Achievement in Preventing and Redressing Wrongful Conviction Training Program (New York University Law School, 2019)
  • Newkirk Center for Science and Society Special Professional Development Fellowship (University of California, Irvine, 2019)
  • Academic Achievement Award (University of California, Irvine, 2018)
  • UC Irvine Law School Long Institute Graduate Student Project Grant (University of California, Irvine, 2017)
  • Social Ecology Dean's Advancement Fellowship for Diversity Students (University of California, Irvine, 2017)
  • Graduate Student Mentoring Award (University of California, Irvine, 2016)
  • The 16th Initiatives for Women Award/Barlow Family Award (University at Albany, State University of New York, 2009)