Dr. Wan Yang is an Assistant Professor in School of Hotel & Restaurant Management at USF Sarasota-Manatee. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and joined USF in August 2012. Dr. Yang was born and raised in Beijing, China. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism Management from Fudan University, China in 2006. After graduating from college, Dr. Yang came to the United States and obtained a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Inspired by her mother who is a professor in China, Dr. Yang discovered her passion for research and teaching during the years in school. She, therefore, decided to pursue a doctoral degree in Hospitality Management at the Pennsylvania State University with a Minor degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management.
Dr. Yang has worked in the hospitality industry for Holiday Inn Central Plaza, Beijing, and Revan Logistics Consulting Company, Shanghai. Her experience includes a variety of sectors in the hospitality industry such as hotel, meeting and event, and travel agency.
Dr. Yang has conducted and published several research projects throughout her doctoral studies. Her focal research areas are consumer behavior and luxury marketing, and her secondary area of expertise is in tourism and travel management. She has been published in the International Journal of Hospitality Management and has presented in several national and international conferences.