College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
Yuying Shen is a visiting assistant professor of sociology in Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work. Her research interests include:
- globalization and comparative sociology
- medical sociology
- social gerontology
- research methods and statistics
- development and sustainable communities
Shen got her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in August 2012. Her dissertation, titled “Social Capital and Health among Older Adults in China: A Multi-Level Analysis,” had been funded by a competitive scholarship from the International Sociological Association to be presented in the 10th ISA International Sociological Ph.D. Workshop in South Africa in 2011. Shen also had been funded by an International Research Fellowship from the Sociology Institute of Freiburg University, Germany, to do research on globalization and universality of social science knowledge in 2012.
Shen was born and grew up in China. She got her B.A. in foreign languages and literature and her M.A. in translation studies in China. Shen had been full-time faculty at two universities in China and had been promoted to associate professorship in 2003. Believing that nowadays excellence is defined in global terms, Shen migrated to the U.S. in search of excellence and self-fulfillment, and enrolled in the Ph.D. sociology program at the University of North Texas. During her years at UNT, Shen had been awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship Award, Hiram J. Friedsam Award for the Outstanding Doctoral Student, and Graduate International Award for her excellence and achievements.