Tom Wong

Tom K. Wong is an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He is also the founding director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC). He served as an advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) under the Obama administration where he co-led the immigration portfolio and was recently appointed by Governor Gerry Brown to serve on the State of California 2020 Census Complete Count Committee (CCC). He is also Co-Director of the Human Rights and Migration program.

His research focuses on the politics of immigration, citizenship, and migrant “illegality.” His first book, Rights, Deportation, and Detention in the Age of Immigration Control, analyzes the immigration control policies of 25 Western democracies (2015). His second book, The Politics of Immigration: Partisanship, Demographic Change, and American National Identity (2017), represents the most comprehensive analysis to date on the contemporary politics of immigration in the United States, according to his university bio.

Wong was the founder of the Dream Project, “a non-profit oral history project led by current and former undocumented youths and allies.” 

Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego

Areas of Expertise: Comparative Politics, Immigration, Immigration Politics and Policy, Human Rights, Citizenship

Location: San Diego, CA

Contact Info:

Phone: (951) 907-9989

Heard on KPCC:

Take Two: Predicting how Congress will vote on immigration reform

Added February 2013. Last updated January 2021.