Josef (Kuo-Hsun) Ma

TitleAssistant Professor
E-mailjma@mail.shu.edu.tw
TEL(02)2236-8225 ext. 3543
Study RoomS705
EducationPh.D., Sociology, University of Connecticut, USA
Research and Teaching Interests:
  • Comparative/Global Sociology (Foci: Global Inequality & Poverty; Global Economy & Politics)
  • Social Problems (Focus: Teens’ Online Behavioral Problems)
  • Sociology of Education (Foci: Comparative & International Education; Digital Learning Inequality; and Technology Use)
  • Sociology of the Family (Foci: Life Course; Fertility; Gender & Sexuality; and East Asia)
  • Quantitative Methods (Foci: Multilevel Models; Methods for Panel & Longitudinal Data; and Categorical Analysis)
Fellowships, Honors, and Professional Service :
  • Journal Referee: American Sociological ReviewNew Media & SocietyInternational SociologyInternational Migration Review,人口學刊.
  • Finalist of Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Sociology, Loyola Marymount University. 2017-18. (declined)
  • Chiang Ching-kuo Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. 2016-17.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut. 2016.
  • Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Connecticut. 2015.
  • ASA Student Forum Travel Award, American Sociological Association. 2015.08.
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica. 2014-15. (declined).
  • The Ronald Taylor Award for Best Graduate Student Paper, Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut (Co-author: Todd Vachon). 2014.
  • Travel Grant for Starting Sociologists in East Asia. XVIII International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan. 2014.08.
  • Invited Member of Institute on Statistical Analysis for Education Policy on Causal Analysis Using International Data. American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC. 2014.05.
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship, University of Connecticut (six awards). 2010-14.
  • Thesis Scholarship, Panel Study of Family Dynamics, Academia Sinica. 2007.
Research

(A)Peer-Reviewed Publications 

Conditionally accepted  Ma, Josef (Kuo-Hsun), Todd Vachon, and Simon Cheng. “National Income, Political Freedom, and Investments in R&D and Education: A Comparative Analysis of the Second Digital Divide among 15-Year-Old Students.” Social Indicators Research.
2015 Vachon, Todd and Josef (Kuo-Hsun) Ma. “Bargaining for Success: Examining the Relationship between Teacher Unions and Student Achievement.” Sociological Forum 30(2): 391-414.
2014 Cheng, Simon, Josef (Kuo-Hsun) Ma, and Stacy Missari. “The Effects of Internet Use on Adolescents’ First Romantic and Sexual Relationships in Taiwan.” International Sociology 29(4): 324-347.
2014 Cheng, Simon, Laura Hamilton, Stacy Missari, and Josef (Kuo-Hsun) Ma. “Sexual Subjectivity among Adolescent Girls: Social Disadvantage and Young Adult Outcomes.” Social Forces 93(2): 515-544.
 2010 Ma, Josef (Kuo-Hsun). “Closer to Parents or Parents-in-Law? Comparing the Relationships of Adult Children to their Aging Parents and In-Laws in Taiwan.” Journal of Taiwan Studies 6: 45-82 (in Chinese).
 2007 Chen, Pey-Ying and Josef (Kuo-Hsun) Ma. “The Indigenous College Students’ Learning Conditions, Financial Burden and Educational Aspiration.” The Electronic Journal of Taiwanese Higher Educational Study 7 (in Chinese).

(B)Additional Publications 

2016 “Children, Adolescents, and the Internet.” (with Simon Cheng). In Encyclopedia of the Internet, 3v, edited by Barney Warf. SAGE Publications.
2008 “Improving the Quality of University.” (with Tian-Ming Sheu, Jau-Wei Dan, Chin-Ju Mao, and Pey-Ying Chen). Pp. 27-92 in Raising the Quality of Higher Education: An Reflection, edited by Samuel S. Peng, published by Center for Research on Educational Evaluation and Development, National Taiwan Normal University (in Chinese).

(C)Research in Progress

“Inequalities of Digital Learning Opportunities: A Comparison between Elite Schools and Poor Schools across 42 Countries.” (under review).
“Marital Satisfaction among Taiwanese Young Married Couples: The Importance of Cultural Norms.” (with Chin-Chun Yi and Wen-Hsu Lin, revise and resubmit).
“It’s Not that I Don’t Want a Child: Changing Fertility Intentions and the Timing of First Births among Young Adults in Taiwan.” (with Michael Gebel and Chin-Chun Yi, draft under revision).
“Inequality Bytes: Digital Use and Academic Achievement among Students in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Korea.” (draft under revision).
“The Black-White Differences in the Effect of Non-Cognitive Traits on Educational and Economic Success.” (draft under revision).
“Internet Addiction, Deviant Behaviors, and Academic Achievement among Chinese Adolescents.” (with Simon Cheng, draft under revision).
(D)Selected Conference Presentations

2018.07 “The Inequality of Digital Learning among Students in Rich and Poor Countries.” XIX International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, Canada.
2018.07 “Family and Parental Influence on Family Formation Among Taiwanese Young Adults.” (with Chin-Chun Yi). XIX International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, Canada.
2018.06 “Marriage, Birth, and Family Life among Young Adults in Taiwan.” (with Chin-Chun Yi). European Population Conference 2018, Brussel Belgium. (earlier draft presented at the International Sociological Association Research Committees RC06 (Family) and RC41 (Population) Conference, Singapore, May 2018).
2017.04 “Inequalities of Digital Learning Opportunities: A Comparison between Elite Schools and Poor Schools across 42 Countries.” International Sociological Association RC55 Mid-term Conference, Taipei, Taiwan.
2016.08 “A Comparative Analysis of the Second Digital Divide among Middle Schoolers in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Korea.” Annual Meetings of the North American Chinese Sociologists Association, Seattle, WA.
2015.08 “Bridging the Digital Gap between Wealthier and Poorer Students? A Cross-National Analysis.” (with Todd Vachon). Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL. (earlier draft presented at the XVIII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, Jul 2014)
2013.08 “Is Sexual Empowerment Harmful? The Effects of Expectations of Sexual Pleasure on Long-Term Outcomes.” (with Simon Cheng and Stacy A. Missari). Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, New York, NY.
2012.08 “The Effects of Internet Use on Adolescents’ First Romantic and Sexual Relationships in Taiwan.” (with Simon Cheng and Missari, Stacy A.). Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Denver, CO.
2012.02 “Is Altruism Transient or Impossible? Meso-Level Explanations of Religious Charity in the United States.” Annual Meetings of Eastern Sociological Association, New York, NY.
2011.11 “The Effects of Internet Use and Internet Café Visits on Adolescents’ First Romantic and Sexual Relationships.” (with Simon Cheng, Stacy A. Missari, and Chin-Chun Yi).The 4th Conference of Taiwan Youth Project, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taipei.
2011.08 “Comparing the Black-White Difference in the Effect of Non-cognitive Traits on Future Success.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, NV.
2010.08 “Gender Differences in Adult Children’s Support of Their Aging Parents in Taiwan.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta, GA.
2010.04  “The Impact of Teacher’s Evaluation on Student’s Test Performance and the Decision of High School Types.” (with Chin-Chun Yi). Annual Meetings of the Population America Association, Dallas, TX.
2009.11  “Adult Children’s Support to Their Aging Parents in Taiwan: The Influence of Child’s Socioeconomic Status, Gender and Reciprocity.” The 2nd Global Center of Excellence (GCOE) Workshop, Kyoto University, Japan.
2008.12 “Who Are Your Significant Others? The Change of Taiwanese Adolescents’ Educational Expectations: The Effects of Family and School Context.” (with Chin-Chun Yi). Annual Meetings of the Taiwanese Sociological Association, Academia Sinica, Taipei.