Ying Ma (writer)

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Ying Ma
EducationStanford University
Cornell University
policy advisor
communications director
Known forChina, International Affairs and Conservatism

Ying Ma (simplified Chinese: 马穎; traditional Chinese: 馬穎) is an American author, public policy expert and former lawyer.[1] She was also a former deputy policy director and former deputy communications director for the Ben Carson presidential campaign in 2016.[2]

She is the author of a memoir, Chinese Girl in the Ghetto,[3] which she completed while a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution.[4] The book describes her experiences growing up amidst poverty, violence, and racism in Oakland, California.[5]


Ma received her J.D. from Stanford Law School.[2] She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University.[2]


Ma has been published in a variety of publications, and she contributes to the Wall Street Journal's "China Real Time Report" blog.[6] From 2007 to 2012 she was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served as a policy advisor at The Heartland Institute. Ma worked as a deputy policy director and deputy communications director for Dr. Ben Carson in 2015/2016 when he was still in the race for the Republican primaries 2016.[7]

Outside of policy work, she managed corporate communications at Sina.com, China's largest web portal, and practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.[6]


  1. ^ "Ying Ma". Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  2. ^ a b c "About Me". Ying Ma. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  3. ^ Ma, Ying (2011-03-18). Chinese Girl in the Ghetto. Lexington, KY: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 9781460970454.
  4. ^ Profiles: Ying Ma, Hoover Institution, retrieved October 14, 2016
  5. ^ Love, Angela K. (August 4, 2013), ""Chinese Girl in the Ghetto": An Interview with Author Ying Ma", Politichicks.com, retrieved October 14, 2016
  6. ^ a b Conservative Women's Network: Ying Ma, The Heritage Foundation, March 20, 2015, retrieved October 14, 2016
  7. ^ "Interview: Ying Ma, conservative commentator". 2016-05-12. Retrieved 2016-05-22.

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