Ziyao Ma

Degree: Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department: History

Ziyao Ma


History International Studies


  • History of East Asian Nations
  • Culture of East Asian Nations (China, Japan, Korea, Luchu, and Vietnam).
  • Political and Intellectual History of Late Imperial China


Ziyao Ma, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include the history and cultures of East Asian nations (China, Japan, Korea, Luchu), and his academic interest focuses on the political and intellectual history of Late Imperial China. 

In addition to teaching, Ma’s doctorate dissertation, “Instituting Ideas: The Reclamation of Scholarly Subjects in the High Qing (1723-1795)” revolved around Qing institutions and their ventures of conveying ideology in the eighteenth century. 

Before joining MSU Denver, Ma taught East Asian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  

Ma received his doctorate in East Asian Studies from Princeton University and master’s from Columbia University. 

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