CEAS faculty and Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, Zhiying Ma, was selected as part of the Ford Foundation's 2021 class of Ford Global Fellows.

This global fellowship aims to connect and support the next generation of leaders from around the world who are advancing innovative solutions to end inequality. The program focuses on shared learning across issue areas, building and strengthening connections across borders, and developing a supportive, interconnected cohort from across a wide variety of sectors. The aim for the fellowship is to serve as a catalyst for the fellows to accelerate the impact of their work, individually and collectively.

As a scholar-activist, Zhiying Ma is committed to studying the lives of persons with disabilities and promoting disability rights and justice in China. Her research as an anthropologist goes hand in hand with her advocacy efforts as a member of the disability community.  Professor Ma has studied the lives of people with psychosocial disabilities and their families in China for over a decade. Based on this research, she has worked with civil society organizations on community inclusion projects, and is now working with stakeholders to develop peer support services for this population. She has also worked on promoting the wellbeing and rights of other marginalized groups with disabilities, and on enhancing the research and advocacy capacity of organizations of persons with disabilities.

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