Janelle Wong is Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland. She is also a core faculty member in the Department of American Studies. She received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at Yale University. Prior to joining the University of Maryland in 2012, she was at the University of Southern California in the Departments of Political Science and American Studies and Ethnicity. Wong is author of Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics. The most recent is Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and their Political Identities (2011), based on the first nationally representative survey of Asian Americans’ political attitudes and behavior.
Wong is also the author of the first Asian American voter mobilization field experiment, conducted in Los Angeles in 2004. For that study and others, she partnered with local Asian American labor and advocacy organizations to evaluate their voter mobilization efforts.