SSA Welcomes Two Assistant Professors

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration is pleased to welcome two Assistant Professors, effective July 1, 2018: Eve Ewing and Zhiying Ma.

Eve EwingEve L. Ewing was a UChicago Provost's Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Fellow for 2016-18 and worked under the mentorship of Deborah Gorman-Smith, SSA's Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor and interim Dean.

Ewing is a qualitative sociologist of education whose work is focused on the ways that large-scale social structures such as racism and social inequality impact the lived experiences of young people enrolled in urban public schools. She joins SSA from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she received a doctorate in 2016. While at HGSE she served as Editor and Co-Chair of the Harvard Educational Review. Her book Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in fall 2018.

She holds an EdD from Harvard University with a concentration in Cultures, Communities, and Education, as well as an EdM in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University, an MAT in elementary education from Dominican University, and an AB in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago.

Zhiying MaZhiying Ma is a cultural and medical anthropologist and a scholar of disability studies. Her work in general examines how cultural, politico-economic, and technological factors shape the design and implementation of social policies, and how national policies and global development initiatives in turn impact health in/equity, vulnerability, and rights, with a focus on contemporary China.

Her book project, tentatively titled Intimate Institutions: Governance and Care Under the Mental Health Legal Reform in Contemporary China, examines families' involvement in the care and management of persons diagnosed with serious mental illnesses in China.

Ma holds a joint PhD in Comparative Human Development and Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She received her bachelor degrees in psychology and philosophy from Peking University, China. She was an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Michigan Society of Fellows, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor from 2016-2018.