Joseph Wong

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  • Comparative Politics
  • Development Studies
  • Public Policy


  • B.A. (Hons.), McGill University
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Joseph Wong


Vice President, International, U of T


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 & Public Policy, and he held the Canada Research Chair in Democratization, Health and Development for two full terms, ending 2016. Professor Wong currently serves as the Vice President, International, for the University of Toronto. In 2017, Professor Wong was appointed 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, The Lancet, 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 (with Dan Slater) of From Development to Democracy: the Transformations of Modern Asia (Princeton University Press, 2022); 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). The founder and PI for the Reach Alliance (https://reachalliance.org/), Professor Wong is currently working on several projects relating to poverty, innovation and development. 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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