Yingyi Ma

Associate Professor, Sociology


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 bookAmbitious 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.

 Select Publications

“Jumping on the STEM Train: Differences in High School Math and STEM College Degree Attainment between Children of Immigrants and Natives in the United States.”  Yingyi  Ma and Amy Lutz. Research in Sociology of Education, (2018), pp.129 – 154. 

“Study in the U.S: The New Education Gospel in China." Yingyi Ma, under contract with Columbia University Press.

“Learning and Living Globalization: Understanding International Students from Asia in American Universities." Yingyi Ma and Martha A. Garcia-Murrilo (Editors), Springer (2017) pp. 1-11.

“Fairness in Admission: Voices from Rural Female Students in Chinese Universities." Yingyi Ma and Lifang Wang,  Frontiers of Education in China, Vol 1, No. 1 (2016), pp. 44-73. 

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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.