Yingyi Ma

Associate Professor, Sociology


Yingyi Ma is an Associate Professor of Sociology and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. Professor Ma is also the Director of Asian/Asian American Studies. Her earlier work focused on who studied in STEM  (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields and why, including the formation of aspirations, college major choice, and degree attainment in STEM fields. This line of research has received grants from National Science Foundation, Alfred Sloan Foundation, and Association of Institutional Research. Her current research examines Asian international students in the United States, and in particular, the surge of Chinese international students in American Universities. She is currently working on a book manuscript on this issue. Yingyi received her Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. 

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“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 (Forthcoming). 

“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. 

“Race in STEM Degree Attainment." Yingyi Ma and Yan Liu, Sociology Compass (2015), pp. 609-618.

“Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side of the Pacific?” Yingyi Ma, American Sociological Association, Vol. 14, No. 2 (2015), pp. 34-39. 

“Bamboo Ceiling." Yingyi Ma and Yue Zhang, Asian American Leadership: A Concise Reference Guide (2015).

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Research Grants and Awards

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