Ma, Ji | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D., Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University
  • M.A., Social Policy, Beijing Normal University
  • B.Med. (M.D. equivalent), Anhui Medical University
Research Areas
  • Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies
  • Network Analysis
  • Data Science and Computational Social Science
Teaching Areas
  • Finance, Management and Leadership (including Nonprofits)
  • Policy Process and Institutions
  • Research and Empirical Methods

Ji Ma focuses on the nonprofit sector and data science. He studies why and how social relation matters in social and economic behaviors. His research interests include: impact of social relation on social, political, and economic behaviors; education and knowledge production in nonprofit and philanthropic studies; open data in policy studies; computational social science research methods.

Dr. Ji has a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, with a Ph.D. minor in Data Science at IU School of Informatics and Computing. Before joining LBJ School, he worked at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard as Research Fellow. Dr. Ji has received numerous national and international awards, including Ford Foundation China Fellowship, Emerging Scholar Award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, and Penn Summer Doctoral Fellows from the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a diverse industrial experience: he was a social entrepreneur, a consultant of business management, and a journalist.


NewsMay 6, 2021
LBJ School team makes research discoveries, places 2nd at Microsoft and ODI's Education Open Data Challenge

Professor Kenneth Flamm and a team of graduate public policy students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin identified broadband infrastructure as more important than the number of COVID cases and death rates in a school district's decision to switch to remote learning, while placing second in an international data science competition run on the X-Prize platform. The team also discovered that Texas did better than the national average in closing the digital divide, and that in Texas, Dallas did best.

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NewsJune 12, 2019
Rural entrepreneurship in Texas gets boost from UT Austin research projects

Four LBJ School faculty members are exploring entrepreneurship in Texas's rural areas and small cities around the world in a new initiative funded by the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. Researchers in a variety of new IC2 projects will look at ways to promote economic development — including tracking regional entrepreneurship, promoting rural innovation networks and building economic resilience in areas where employment fluctuates with the cycles of the energy industry.

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NewsMay 30, 2019
Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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