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Yinglin Ma

PhD Student


234A Page Hall

Hometown: Changchun, China

Undergraduate Institution and Major:
Bachelor of Arts in Finance, Accounting, and Management – University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

Graduate Institution and Major:
Master of Public Affairs – Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Relevant Professional Experience:
Graduate Research Assistant, Ohio Nonprofit COVID-19 Surveys, 2020
Graduate Research Assistant, ServeOhio AmeriCorps Member Survey, 2017-2019
Administrative Intern, United Nations Headquarters, NY 2015

Research Interests:
Yinglin Ma is a scholar of nonprofit and public management. Her research and teaching interests include organizational theory and behavior, human resource management, and diversity and equity. Her dissertation employs social cognitive theory and longitudinal research methods in examining individual and management factors that predict nonprofit volunteer learning and self-efficacy change. A second line of her research examines nonprofits' ability to withstand distress, navigate change and remain reliable forces to serve the most vulnerable population subsets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ma, Y., and Tschirhart, M. “Enhancing Self-efficacy during Community Service: Factors Influencing AmeriCorps’ Members’ Change in Self-Efficacy.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ).
Read the first online publication.

Instructor, PUBAFRS 2150 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations 2021 (Online)
Instructor, Statistics and Math Boot Camp for incoming graduate students 2020 (Online)
Guest Lecturer, Theories of Racial Justice for Public Administration Research 2021
Guest Lecturer, PUBAFRS 7553 & 3140 on Strategic Human Resource Management 2019-2020

Diversity Chair, Doctoral Student Organization at John Glenn College of Public Affairs 2020-2021
Student Reviewer, for VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 2020
Member of Nonprofit Curriculum Committee, John Glenn College of Public Affairs 2018-2019

Beaton, E. E, Colchin, E., and Ma, Y. (2020). Ohio Nonprofit COVID-19 Survey: A Report of Wave 2 Results. Columbus, OH: The Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Philanthropy Ohio, & OANO. Click here to view publication.

Tschirhart, M. and Ma, Y. (2020). ServeOhio AmeriCorps Member Survey Results from 2018-2019 Entry and Exit Surveys. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University.

Honors & Awards:
Doctoral Fellow. ARNOVA 2020.
Diversity Scholar. ARNOVA 2018-2019.
University of Fellowship, Ohio State University 2017.
Dean’s Scholarship, University of Nottingham, Ningbo 2009-2013.

Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.