You can reach me at: syan2 [at] scu [dot] edu

Hi, I am an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. I obtained my Ph.D. degree from the Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management (GSEFM), Goethe University Frankfurt (in the wonderland of Germany).

My primary research interests lie in Digital Advertising and Media. In particular, I investigate how digital ads impact users’ consumption and publishers’ production of news. And I leverage natural experiments capturing the effects of technologies that interact with users’ exposure to advertising—including ad blockers (software that removes digital ads on the internet) and alternative monetization mechanisms such as paywalls. To better analyze the information contained in the news content, I also develop and apply new textual analysis methods.

As an empirical researcher, I usually work with observational data (using applied econometrics and machine learning methods). For instance, I created large-scale datasets about real-life news consumption and production. Recently, I also started to design online experiments.


Yan, Shunyao, Klaus M. Miller, and Bernd Skiera. “How Does the Adoption of Ad Blockers Affect News Consumption?” Journal of Marketing Research, (Oct 2022).

Skiera, Bernd, Shunyao Yan, Johannes Daxenberger, Marcus Dombois, and Iryna Gurevych. “Using Information-Seeking Argument Mining to Improve Service.” Journal of Service Research, (June 2022).

Working papers not listed for the double-blind review process.


“Ad Blockers Effect on News Consumption” with Data Skeptic (please listen at 1.25x the speed so I sound smarter : P)