Yingyi Ma is an Associate Professor of Sociology, a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research, and Director of Asian/Asian American Studies. Professor Ma is a sociologist of education and migration. Her research focuses on education, migration, and Asian/Asian American studies.Another line of her work examines who study what and why, and the labor market consequences of educational choices.
Professor Ma 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. Her new book, Ambitious and Anxious: How Chinese Undergraduates Succeed and Struggle in American Higher Education, discusses how a students from China must navigate both their life as young adults and the complications between U.S. and China relations while attending American universities and what this experience means to them.
Professor Ma has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Alfred Sloan Foundation, and Association of Institutional Research. Ma is also a Public Intellectual Fellow (2019 – 2020) for the National Committee of Us-China Relations. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 2007.