Yana graduated from American University in Bulgaria in 2014 with Bachelor's degree in Economics. She then studied at Central European University in Budapest where she obtained Master's degree in Political Science. At Indiana University her sub-fields are Comparative Politics and International Relations. Yana is also minoring in Sociology. She is interested in studying economic inequality, globalization, populism, precarious labor and the influence neoliberal economic ideas. Her current research seeks to unravel the connection between economic insecurity and cultural resentment. She presented a portion of this research at the 2017 Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality organized by the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago.