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Yingyi Ma

Associate Professor, Sociology


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426 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-3716
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Yingyi Ma CV

Director of Asian/Asian American Studies
O'Hanley Faculty Scholar
Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology
Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2006


Education, Migration, Asian/Asian American Studies


Spring 2017

Not Teaching


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, as well as the inaugural O'Hanley Faculty Scholar. She is a sociologist of education and migration. Her current research examines international student mobility, Asian international students in the United States and the surge of Chinese international students in American Universities. She is currently writing a book titled “Study in the U.S: The New Education Gospel in China” to be published by Columbia University Press. 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. That line of research has received grants from National Science Foundation, Alfred Sloan Foundation, and Association of Institutional Research. Yingyi received her Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 2006.  More




Yingyi Ma. Study in the U.S: The New Education Gospel in China. Under contract with Columbia University Press.

Yingyi Ma and Martha A. Garcia-Murrilo. Editors. Forthcoming  Learning and Living Globalization: Understanding International Students from Asia in American Universities. Springer.


Forthcoming  Ma, Yingyi. “Paradigm Shift: Learning is a Two-Way Street between American Universities and Asian International Students”in Learning and Living Globalization: Understanding International Students from Asia in American Universities. Yingyi Ma and Martha A. Garcia-Murrilo. Editors.  

2016.  Ma, Yingyi and Lifang Wang. “Fairness in Admission: Voices from Rural   Female Students in Chinese Universities.” Frontiers of Education in China Vol 11 (1): 44-73

2015.  Ma, Yingyi and Yan Liu. “Race in STEM Degree Attainment”  Sociology        Compass. Page 609-618

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

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

2015.  Ma, Yingyi and Adrienne Lee Atterberry “Asian Americans in Selective Colleges and Universities.” Asian American Leadership: A Concise Reference Guide.

2014.  Ma, Yingyi and Gokhan Savas. “Which is More Consequential for Income Disparity: Fields of Study or Institutional Selectivity.” Review of Higher Education 37 (2): 221-247.

2012.  Ma, Yingyi and Gokhan Savas. “Gender Inequality: Returns to Educational Investments.” Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide. SAGE.                          

2012.  Ma, Yingyi and Carrie Roseamelia. “Women in Math/Science.” Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide. SAGE.

2011. Ma, Yingyi. “Gender Differences in the Paths Leading to a STEM Baccalaureate.” Social Science Quarterly 92 (5): 1169-1190.

2011.  Ma, Yingyi. “Math and Reading Achievement Gaps-New Insights to Old Problems.” Sociological Studies of Children and Youth 14: 51-74.

2011. Ma, Yingyi. “Chinese Rural Women in Agriculture and Urban Work.”American Review of China Studies 12(1): 1-12 (Lead Article).

2011.  Hao, Lingxin and Yingyi Ma. “Immigrant Youth in Postsecondary Education.” in The Immigrant Paradox in Children and Adolescents: Is Becoming American a Developmental Risk?"Edited by Cynthia Garía Coll, and Amy Marks. American Psychological Association Publishing: 275-296.

2011.  Ma, Yingyi. “College Major Choice, Occupational Structure and Demographic Patterning by Gender, Race and Nativity.” The Social Science Journal 48 (1): 112-129.

2010.  Ma, Yingyi. “Model Minority, Model for Whom?--An Investigation of Asian American Students in Science/Engineering.” AAPI Nexus Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice & Community 8(1): 43-73.

2009.  Ma, Yingyi. “Family Socioeconomic Status, Parental Involvement, and College Major Choices-Gender, Race/Ethnic, and Nativity Patterns.” Sociological Perspectives 52 (2):210-234.

Other publications
2012.  Ma, Yingyi. “Learning to be more like each other.” Op-ed published on, arguing that the education systems in China and the U.S go to extremes in distinct ways, and they should aim for balance by learning from each other and converging towards each other.

2012.  Ma, Yingyi. “Gaokao a rite of passage, not an end point.” Op-ed published on, discussing the values and problems of Gaokao, the Chinese college education admission exam, and the role that Gaokao plays in contributing to the disconnect between Chinese secondary education and tertiary education.

2012.  Ma, Yingyi. “Preparing for study abroad: not just test scores.” Op-ed published on, arguing that social and psychological preparations are keys to a successful life studying abroad, and offering suggestions for Chinese students planning to study in American Universities.

Media coverage of my research
Media Coverage of my research has appeared in NPR,  USA Today, Insider Higher Ed, Education Week, etc. 

Research Grants and Awards

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

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