July 1, 2011
Janelle Wong joins the Arts and
Sciences faculty as the new director of the Institute of Public Service (IPS).
She had previously been an associate professor in the Political Science
Department and Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University
of Southern California.
As director of IPS, Wong oversees
two advanced degree programs, Master of Public Administration
and Executive Master in Nonprofit Leadership, and the undergraduate Bachelor of Public Affairs. The institute also serves
neighboring communities and the region through applied research, service
learning projects, trainings, consultations, and public policy forums.
received her Ph.D. from Yale University. Her current research focuses on
American politics, political participation and mobilization, racial and ethnic
diversity, public opinion and voting behavior, and civic institutions.
A prolific scholar, Wong has
devoted much of her intellectual energy over the past decade to the study of
nonprofit organizations and their role in integrating immigrants into the U.S. political
system. More recently, Wong co-authored the forthcoming
book Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and
their Political Identities (with Karthick Ramakrishnan, Taeku Lee,
and Jane Junn, Russell Sage Publishers). Her most recent article,
“Race-based Considerations and the Obama Vote,” appeared in the DuBois
Review (co-authored with Karthick Ramarkrishnan, Jane Junn and Taeku Lee,
July 2009). Wong is currently working on a new book: Immigrants,
Religious Conservatism, and Contemporary Racial Politics. She recently
presented “Holy Alliances: Immigrants, Religious Conservatism, and Contemporary
Racial Politics in the U.S.” at the University of Washington, Diversity
The College of Arts and Sciences,
the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate degrees and
7 advanced degrees.
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