Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sue-Ming Yang

Sue-Ming Yang

Sue-Ming Yang

Assistant Professor

Place-based criminology, racial stereotypes and urban disorder perception, experimental methods, international terrorism

Sue-Ming Yang is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. She received her PhD from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland in 2007. Her current research focuses on understanding the relationship between stereotypes, race, and perceived disorder in urban settings. She also studies place-based criminology, disorder-crime association, experimental research methods, and international terrorism. Prior to her appointment at Mason, she was an associate professor at National Chung Cheng University and received the Young Scholar Award in 2012.

Selected Publications


Yang, Sue-Ming and I-Chin Jen. (Accepted). An Evaluation of Displacement and Diffusion Effects on Eco-Terrorist Activities after Police Interventions. Journal of Quantitative Criminology. 

Yang, Sue-Ming and Chi-Chao Pao. (2015). Do You “See” the Same Thing?: An Experimental Look into the Black Box of Disorder Perception. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 52(4) 534-566.

Hinkle, Joshua and Sue-Ming Yang. (2014).  A New Look into Broken Windows: What       Shapes Individuals’ Perceptions of Social Disorder? Journal of Criminal Justice, 42(1), 26-35.

Yang, Sue-Ming and Laura A. Wyckoff. (2010). Perceptions of Safety and Victimization: Does Survey Construction Affect Perceptions? Journal of Experimental Criminology, 6(3), 293-323.

Yang, Sue-Ming. (2010).Assessing the Spatial-temporal Relationship between Disorder and Violence. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 26(1): 139-163.

LaFree, Gary, Sue-Ming Yang, and Martha Crenshaw. (2009). Trajectories of Terrorism: Attack Patterns of Foreign Groups that Have Targeted the United States, 1970 to 2004. Criminology and Public Policy, 8(3), 445-473.


Courses Taught

CRIM 315 Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology

CRIM 782 Statistics I

CRIM 783 Statistics II

CRIM 795 Urban Disorder and Crime

CRIM 491 Honors Seminar I