Faculty

Joseph Wong

Office Location

MU 357S

Phone Number

416-946-7955

Fax Number

416-946-8915

Email Address

joe.wong@utoronto.ca

Area Group(s)

  • Comparative Politics
  • Development Studies
  • Public Policy

Education

  • MESc, McGill University
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Joseph Wong

Professor
Director, Asian Institute
Canada Research Chair in Democratization, Health and Development, Department of Political Science

Biography

Joseph Wong is a Professor in the Department of Political Science. He is also the Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and he held the Canada Research Chair in Democratization, Health and Development for two full terms, ending 2016. As of 2017, Professor Wong is Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost of the University of Toronto, overseeing international student experience. Wong’s research interests are in comparative public policy and political economy. His published articles have appeared in The Bulletin of the WHO, Perspectives on Politics, Politics and Society, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, Governance, Studies in Comparative International Development, Journal of East Asian Studies, among others. Professor Wong is the author of Betting on Biotech: Innovation and the Limits of Asia’s Developmental State (Cornell University Press, 2011); Healthy Democracies: Welfare Politics in Taiwan and South Korea (Cornell University Press, 2004); co-editor (with Edward Friedman) and contributor to Political Transitions in Dominant Party Systems: Learning to Lose (Routledge, 2008), and co-editor and contributor to (with Dilip Soman and Janice Stein) Innovating for the Global South: Towards an Inclusive Innovation Agenda (University of Toronto Press, 2014). He is currently working on several projects relating to poverty, innovation and development. In addition, he is writing a book on democracy and development in Asia with Dan Slater (Chicago), under contract with Princeton University Press. Professor Wong was the Director of the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs from 2005 to 2014. He was honoured with the Faculty’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013.

Research Interests

  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Comparative Public Policy, with a Regional Focus on East Asia
  • Comparative Political Economy

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