Siyuan MA

Assistant Professor

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Communication, Michigan State University
  • M.A. in Journalism & Communication, Beijing Normal University
  • B.Sc. in Educational Technology, Beijing Normal University


University of Macau
01/2024—present Department of Communication Assistant Professor
08/2023—12/2023 Department of Communication Lecturer
Michigan State University
08/2018–07/2023 Department of Communication Teaching Assistant

Research areas

Political communication, Computational methods and big data, International communication.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Ma, S., Wang, Y., Shu, Z., Duan, Z., & Sun, L. (2023). Development and validation of the Internet literacy scale. Education and Information Technologies, 1-28. 10.1007/s10639-023-11641-8
  • Ma, S., Bergan, D., Carnahan, D., Ahn, S., Virtue, I., & Mcgraw, J. (2022). Fact-checking as a deterrent? A conceptual replication of the influence of fact-checking on the sharing of misinformation by political elites. Human Communication Research, hqac031.
  • Ma, S., & Zhang, H. (2021). Opinion expression dynamics in social media chat groups: An integrated quasi-experimental and agent-based model approach. Complexity, 2021.
  • Ma, S., Zhu, Y., & Bresnahan, M. (2021). Chinese international students’ face concerns, mental health stigma, and help seeking intentions. Health Communication, 1-9.
  • Ahn, S., Bergan, D. E., Ma, S., & Carnahan, D. (2023). Estimating the impact of immediate versus delayed corrections on belief accuracy. Communication Monographs, 1-21.
  • Bergan, D., Virtue, I., Ma, S., Caitlin, F., Harrison, J., & Ahn, S. (2023). Can people use party cues to make accurate judgments?: Ecological rationality and political heuristics. Political Research Quarterly,
  • Danowski, J., van Klyton, A., Peng, T. Q., Ma, S., Nkakleu, R., & Biboum, A. (2022). ICT development, interorganizational networks, and corruption in Africa. Quality and Quantity,
  • Lee, S., Ma, S., Meng, J., Zhuang, J., & Peng, T. Q. (2022). Detecting Sentiment toward Emerging Infectious Diseases on Social Media: A Validity Evaluation of Dictionary-Based Sentiment Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(11), 6759.
  • Zhang, R., Gong, J., Ma, S., & Xu, J. (2022). Analytical advances through open science: An automatic coding mechanism for open-ended questions in journalism surveys. Digital Journalism, 1-22.
  • Ulusoy, E., Carnahan, D., Barry, R. C., Bergan, D. E., Ma, S., Ahn, S., & Mcgraw, J. (2021). Flooding the zone: How exposure to implausible falsehoods shapes subsequent belief judgments. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 33(4), 856-872.
  • Ma, S. & Jiang, W. (2018). How to legislate algorithm-based news recommendation: Experience from foreign countries. The Press, 63(5), 106-108. (in Chinese)
  • Yu, J. & Ma, S. (2018). Analyzing profit model of newspaper companies with profit weight: Taking Zhejiang Newspaper Media, Borei Communication, Huawen Media, and New York Times (2012-2016) as examples. Chinese Journal of Journalism & Communication, 58(5), 129-144. (in Chinese)
  • Zhang, H., He, Y., & Ma, S. (2018). The mediation effect of credibility on media use and social confidence: A comparative study on official and personal social media accounts. Journalism Bimonthly, 38(4), 98-107+154-155. (in Chinese)
  • Zhang, H., Ma, S., & Han, X. (2016). A comparison of netizens’ trust between central and local governments in China. Journalism & Communication, 38(S1), 78-84+127. (in Chinese)

Book Chapters

  • Wang, Y. & Ma, S. (2024, expected). Applied Communication in Education, Beijing: China Higher Education Press. (co-first author) (in press, in Chinese)

  • Ma, S., & Wang, Y. (2020). Chapter Six: Paradigm shift of mass communication effect studies. (Eds.), Applied Communication in Science Venues, Beijing: Science and Technology of China Press. (in Chinese)

  • Wan, A., Ma, S., & Wang, S. (2017). Chapter Three: Publishing techniques in ancient Greek and ancient Rome. (Eds.), Publishing History in China and Foreign Countries. Beijing: China Higher Education Press. (in Chinese)

Courses Taught

New media and communication studies, Interpersonal communication, Methods in communication, Human communication.

Contact Details

Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)
Humanities & Social Sciences Building (E21B), 2052
Tel: (853) 6358 1549
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