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Date and Location

October 30, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Allison Dining Room, Taubman 5th Floor, Hks
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​The Stone Program in Wealth Distribution, Inequality, and Social Policy welcomes Professor Janelle Wong to speak in the Stone Inequality & Social Policy Seminar Series.

Asian Americans: Coalitions and Cleavages in US Racial Politics

Janelle Wong, Professor in the Departments of Government and Politics and American Studies, University of Maryland

Abstract: In this
presentation, Janelle Wong will delve into research on the evolving role
of Asian Americans within the United States' racial landscape. She will
explore the implications of this evolution particularly in terms of
Asian Americans' political cleavages and opportunities for collaboration
with other racial groups. Wong's focus will encompass topics such as
racial and policy attitudes, hate crimes, and demographic shifts,
offering a brief overview of contemporary Asian American politics.

Furthermore, drawing upon her experience as a co-author of several legal briefs submitted in SFFA v. Harvard
and two instances involving Asian American parent groups and magnet
school admissions in Virginia and Maryland, Wong will discuss
conservative mobilizations and anti-Black sentiment as influential
forces that Asian American communities must grapple with in the present
and foreseeable future.

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.

Speakers and Presenters

​Janelle Wong (Professor in the Departments of Government and Politics and American Studies, University of Maryland)