Tom K. Wong

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Tom K. Wong is an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego and is currently serving as an advisor to the White House Initative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI). He is also Director of the International Migration Studies Program Minor. His research focuses on the politics of immigration, citizenship, and migrant "illegality." As these issues have far-reaching implications, his work also explores the links between immigration, race and ethnicity, and the politics of identity. 
His first book, Rights, Deportation, and Detention in the Age of Immigration Control, analyzes the immigration control policies of twenty-five Western immigrant-receiving democracies (Stanford University Press, May 2015). He recently completed his second book, which is on the politics of comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. (Oxford University Press, expected November 2016, among other projects. Wong's research has been used by policymakers both in the U.S. and in Mexico, as well as by organizations that serve immigrant communities. He is the lead researcher on one of the first nationwide surveys of undocumented youth. He also created the CIR Blog, which predicted support and opposition to comprehensive immigration reform legislation among all 535 current members of Congress. Wong and his work has been covered by ABC News/Univision, Fusion, NPR, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Yahoo News, and by Univision in Mexico.
He is also on the leadership committee of the California Immigrant Policy Center, the board of the New American Leaders Project, and on the advisory council of Unbound Philanthropy. Wong also consults on campaigns and elections, specializing in mobilizing low-propensity voters of color and immigrant communities. 

PhD, University of California, Riverside, 2011
Comparative Politics, Immigration Politics and Policy, Human Rights

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