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Janelle Wong

Affiliated Scholar

Janelle Wong is assistant professor of political science and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Wong’s research interests include race, ethnicity, and politics; political participation, political mobilization, and public opinion research. She has published articles on race, ethnicity, and politics in Political Behavior, American Politics Review, Social Science Quarterly, P.S.: Political Science and Politics, and the American Journal of Sociology. As part of the Pilot National Asian American Political Study research team, she co-authored “The Politics of Asian Americans: Diversity and Community,” (Routledge 2004) an analysis of the first multi-city, multi-lingual, multi-ethnic survey of Asian Americans’ political attitudes and behavior. She teaches courses on race and politics and Asian American politics and has studied the demographics of voting participation, according to gender and race. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale.

Major Works:


  • Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions. University of Michigan Press, 2006.
  • Lien, Pei-te, M. Margaret Conway, and Janelle Wong. The Politics of Asian America: Diversity and Community. Routledge, 2004.


  • Janelle Wong. “Getting Out the Vote among Asian Pacific Americans: The Effects of Phone Canvassing.” 2 AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice, and Community 2 (Summer/Fall, 2004). (R)
  • Janelle Wong, Pei-te Lien, and M. Margaret Conway. “The Role of Group-Based Resources in the Political Participation of Asian Americans.” American Politics Research (Forthcoming) (R)
  • Lisa Garcia Bedolloa, Katherine Tate, and Janelle Wong. “Indelible Effects: The Impact of Women of Color in the U.S. Congress.” In Sue Thomas and Clyde Wilcox (eds) Women and Elective Office: Past, Present and Future. Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming )
  • Janelle Wong, Pei-te Lien, and M. Margaret Conway. “Political Participation among Asian Americans.” In Jane Junn and Kerry Haynie (eds) New Race Politics. Cambridge University Press. (Forthcoming)
  • Janelle Wong with Jane Iwamura. “Religion as a Group-Based Resource for Asian Americans.” (In Preparation)
  • Stoll, Michael and Janelle Wong. “Civic Participation in a Multiethnic and Multiracial Context.” (In Preparation)