Janelle Wong is Professor in the Departments of Government and Politics and American Studies and a core faculty member in the Asian American Studies Program. From 2001-2012, Wong was in the Departments of Political Science and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at Yale University. Wong is the author of  Immigrants, Evangelicals and Politics in an Era of Demographic Change (2018, Russell Sage Foundation),  Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics, including Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and their Political Identities (2011, Russell Sage Foundation), based on the first national, multilingual, multiethnic survey of Asian Americans. She was a co-principal investigator on the 2016 National Asian American Survey, a nation-wide survey of Asian American political and social attitudes, and was a co-principal investigator on the 2020 Collaborative Multiracial Post-election Survey (funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation). Wong is a Senior Researcher with AAPI Data. 

Wong grew up in Yuba City, CA and attended UCLA as an undergraduate.

Areas of Interest

  • Race and Politics, Public Opinion, Immigration, Asian American Studies


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    Yale University
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Department of Government and Politics
janellew [at] umd.edu