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Janelle Wong

Janelle Wong

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Biography

Janelle Wong is a professor in the departments of government and politics and American studies and a core faculty member in the Asian American studies program at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Wong is the author of Immigrants, Evangelicals and Politics in an Era of Demographic Change (2018), Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006), and coauthor of two books on Asian American politics, including Asian American Political Participation (2011), based on the first national, multilingual, multiethnic survey of Asian Americans. She was a coprincipal investigator on the 2016 National Asian American Survey, a nation-wide survey of Asian American political and social attitudes. She was also coprincipal investigator on the 2020 Asian American Voter Survey and the 2020 Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation). Wong is a board member of the Public Religion Research Institute, a senior researcher at AAPI Data, and a research advisor for APIA Vote.

Wong grew up in Yuba City, California, and attended the University of California, Los Angeles, as an undergraduate. She received her PhD from the department of political science at Yale University.