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Yiqing Yang

Yiqing Yang

Assistant Professor, Dr. Yang

College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3839
Office: 108B McKee Building


Yiqing Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Western Carolina University. Previously she was an Associate Instructor in 2016-17 at the University of Utah, where she earned her PhD in 2016. She also holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool, UK. As a sociologist studying health and aging, Dr. Yang has been interested in how the cultural, political, psychosocial, familial, and community factors affect the health and aging experiences of different cohorts in China and in the United States. Her work involves both statistical analysis of large-sample secondary data and various forms of primary data collection involving survey, mixed-methods design, longitudinal qualitative interviews, and diary method. Her research appears in journals such as <i>Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences</i>,<i> International Journal of Population Studies</i>,<i> Health Communication</i>, and <i>Journal of Family Issues</i>.


  • Ph D, University of Utah, Sociology
  • MBA, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, Human Resource Management
  • BS, Nanjing University of Economics, China, Economics

Teaching Interests

Courses Dr. Yang has taught at WCU include: Marriage and Family, Sociology of Aging, Methods of Social Research, Human Society, and Contemporary Chinese Society.

Research Interests

Currently Dr. Yang is working on a mixed-methods project that examines the purposes of longer lives and the correlates to Purpose in Life Scale among a sample of older Americans.

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