Yingyi Ma

Associate Professor, Sociology

Yingyi Ma

Contact Information

426 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-3716
Office Hours:
Virtually By Appointment

Staff Support
Emily Minnoe
(315) 443-3114

Curriculum Vitae
Yingyi Ma CV

Director of Asian/Asian American Studies
Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2007.


Education, migration, Asian/Asian American studies

Personal Website



Spring 2021

SOC 800.002 Education & Inequality, Th 9:30-12:15, Online


Yingyi Ma is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Asian/Asian American Studies. She is the Provost Faculty Fellow on internationalization at Syracuse University. In 2019, she was selected as a Public Intellectual Fellow at the National Committee on US-China Relations.  

Professor Ma is a sociologist of education and migration. She has published extensively in the areas of college major choices, international student mobility and higher education in China. Her new book, Ambitious and Anxious: How Chinese Undergraduates Succeed and Struggle in American Higher Education, is published by Columbia University Press in Feb 2020, and has since been featured in various national and international media outlets such as Washington Post and Times Higher Education. She is the co-editor of Understanding International Students from Asia in American Universities: Learning and Living Globalization (2017), which has won the Honorable mention of the Best Book Award from the Study Abroad and International Students Section, Comparative and International Education Association. Professor Ma has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Alfred Sloan Foundation, and Association of Institutional Research. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 2007. Full Biography



Books / Selected Papers

Research Grants and Awards

Member of the Pathway Through College Research Network. "The Timing of Entry to STEM." Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 2018-2019.

Principal Investigator. Entry and Degree Attainment in STEM: The Intersection of Race/Ethnicity and Gender.” Funded by the Association for Institutional Research. 2013-2015.