Yan Long


Yan Long

Assistant Professor
Social Sciences Building 448
Research Interests
Global and transnational sociology, political sociology, health and medicine, organizations, gender and sexualities

Yan Long studies the interactions between globalization and authoritarian politics across empirical areas such as civic action, health, development and technology. Her research falls into three broad areas: 

(1) Transnational Institutions, Authoritarianism, and Social Movements. Long's book Side Effects: The Transnational Doing and Undoing of AIDS Politics in China analyzes the multiple and contradictory impact of foreign health interventions on the power of local social movements and the Chinese state. This work, along with related articles, has received wide recognition including the American Association of Sociology Best Dissertation Award and multiple Best Article Awards.

(2) Health Insurance. Why do social health insurance reform fail in the Global South? Long's analyses examines how local cultural discourses mediates the impact of institutional reform on individual health-seeking behaviors. 

(3) Technology, Evaluation and Civic Action. Long's new international comparative research identifies global trends in civic action such as the rise of evaluation/ranking/certification, crowdfunding, and marketization among others. For details, see https://pacscenter.stanford.edu/research/civic-life-of-cities-lab/. 





Representative Publications

Side Effects: The Transnational Doing and Undoing of AIDS Politics in China. New York: Oxford University Press (Forthcoming). 


2022. With Wei Luo and Wenjuan Zheng. "Relational Work and Its Pitfalls: Nonprofits’ Participation in Government-Sponsored Voluntary Accreditation." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (Forthcoming)


2018. “The Contradictory Impact of Transnational AIDS Institutions on State Repression in China, 1989-2013.” American Journal of Sociology 124 (2): 309-66.

  • Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship for an Article Award, American Sociological Association Political Sociology Section, 2019
  • Best Published Article Award, American Sociological Association Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section, 2019
  • Best Scholarly Article Award, American Sociological Association Global and Transnational Sociology, 2019
  • Faculty Article Award, American Sociological Association Development Sociology Section, 2019
  • Best Research Paper Award, American Sociological Association Asia and Asian America Section, 2019
  • Best Research Paper Award Honorable Mention, American Sociological Association Human Rights Section, 2020


With Lydia Li. 2015. “’How Would We Deserve Better?’ Rural-Urban Dichotomy in Health-Seeking for the Chronically Ill Elderly in China.” Qualitative Health Research 7: 1-16.