Tom K. Wong
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Wong is an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. 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. 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 is also the creator of the CIR Blog, which predicts support and opposition to comprehensive immigration reform among all 535 current members of Congress. Wong is also on the leadership committee of the California Immigrant Policy Center and on the advisory council of Unbound Philanthropy. He consults on campaigns and elections, specializing in mobilizing low-propensity voters of color and immigrant communities.