Yingyi Ma

Associate Professor, Sociology

Yingyi Ma

Contact Information

426 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-3716
Office Hours:
Th 1:00-2:00 &
By Appointment via Zoom

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



Fall 2021

SOC 513.001 Statistics for Social Science, TuTh 9:30-10:50, Maxwell 303
SOC 300.001 Asian American & Social Inequality, TuTh 2:00-3:20, Falk 201


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, where she leads and supports culturally responsive pedagogy and programs for international education and partnership. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 2007.

Ma’s research addresses education and migration in the U.S. and China and she has published about thirty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, in addition to one monograph and one co-edited book. Several projects use quantitative methods and examine fields of study often neglected in the context of education stratification, particularly how those fields provide a mobility strategy for racial minorities, the children of immigrants, and their families in the U.S. This line of research has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Alfred Sloan Foundation, and Association of Institutional Research.

Ma’s research on international education uses mixed methods including surveys and in-depth interviews. Her monograph, Ambitious and Anxious: How Chinese College Students Succeed and Struggle in American Higher Education, was published by Columbia University Press in February 2020. This book has won Best Book awards from multiple sections of the Comparative and International Education Association and the Bourdieu Best Book Award Honorable Mention from the American Sociological Association. It  has been featured in national and international news media, such as The 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 Comparative and International Education Association's Study Abroad and International Students Section.

Ma’s research and teaching has garnered recognition and awards from Syracuse University and beyond. For 2014-2017, she was among the four inaugural recipients of O’Hanley Endowment for Faculty Excellence in Maxwell; For 2021-2022, she is the inaugural recipient of the Yang Ni and Xiaoqing Li Endowment Fund for U.S.-China/Asia Relations in Maxwell. In 2019, she was selected as a Public Intellectual Fellow at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and she has published many essays and been a frequent commentator for national and international media outlets. 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.