Diane Wong

Diane Wong


dw633 [at] rutgers.edu

Diane Wong is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark. She is also an affiliate member of Global Urban Studies. Previously, she was Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. She holds a Ph.D. in American Politics and M.A. in Comparative Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration from the Department of Government at Cornell University. 

Her research and teaching interests include American politics, Asian American politics, gender and sexuality, urban governance, comparative immigration, race and ethnicity, cultural and media studies, and community rooted research. Her current book project, You Can’t Evict A Movement: Intergenerational Activism and Housing Justice in New York City, focuses on intergenerational resistance to gentrification in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Her work draws from a combination of methods including ethnography, participatory mapping, archival research, augmented reality, and oral history interviews. Her other book, Contemporary Asian American Activism: Movement Moments and New Visions in the 21st Century, examines a diverse range of issues from sex work decriminalization to abolition, deportation to decolonization, affirmative action to intergenerational memory.

Her research has received the Byran Jackson Dissertation Research on Minority Politics Award, Susan Clarke Young Scholars’ Award, and the Don T. Nakanishi Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Service in Asian Pacific American Politics. Her research has been funded by prestigious grants from the National Science Foundation, American Political Science Association Centennial Center, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities New York, and Cornell University’s Engaged Research Program. Her work has appeared in Urban Affairs Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, Amerasia Journal, Asian American Policy Review, and a variety of edited book volumes, journals, anthologies, podcasts, and exhibitions. Diane is a member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, she has also been a participant and mentor for the McNair Achievement Scholars Program, Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative, and the American Political Science Association Minority Fellows Program.

Diane is also a socially engaged artist, as various cultural collectives she has held artist residencies with the Laundromat Project and Fourth Arts Block, her multimedia exhibit "Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns" is on display at the Pao Arts Center in Boston. 


2020 American Political Science Association Centennial Center Special Projects Grant  

2020 Mass Humanities Project Grant 

2019 American Political Science Association Best Paper on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics 

2019 Humanities New York Action Grant 

2019 Southern Political Science Association Artinian Award

2019 Citizens Committee for New York City Neighborhood Grant 

2018 Don T. Nakanishi Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Service in Asian Pacific American Politics  

2017 Cornell University Engaged Research Program Grant 

2017 Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society 

2017 Susan Clarke Young Scholars Award 

2017 Cornell University Graduate School Dean's Scholar 

2016 Byran Jackson Dissertation Award in Minority Politics 

2016 Mellon Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism, and Humanities 

2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 


B.S. Binghamton University

M.A. Cornell University

Ph.D. Cornell University 


Race and ethnic politics

Urban politics

Comparative immigration

Asian American politics

Public policy 

Community rooted research 


“We Have Always Been Here! Rebel Archives: Radical Memory Work as Resistance, Collective Care,
    and Healing,” in Methodologies for Housing Justice Resource Guide, edited by Ananya Roy,
    Raquel Rolnik, Terra Graziani, and Hilary Malson. Los Angeles: Institute on Inequality and
    Democracy. 2020. 

“#Asians4BlackLives: Notes from the Ground,” (with May Fu, Simmy Makhijani, Anh-Thu Pham,
    Meejin Richart, Joanne Tien) in Amerasia Journal: Special Issue Commemorating 50 years
    of Asian American Studies, 45(1): 253-270. 2019. 

“Shop Talk and Everyday Sites of Political Resistance to Gentrification in Manhattan’s Chinatown,” in
    Women's Studies Quarterly, 47: (1): 132-148. 2019. 

“Gentrification, Demobilization, Participatory Possibilities,” (with Jamila Michener) in Neighborhood
    Engagement: Realizing its Potential to Meet Human Needs, edited by Richard Hays. Lanham,
    MD: Lexington Books. 2018. 

“Whose Politics? Reflections on Clarence Stone's Regime Politics,” (with Michael Jones-Correa) in
    Urban Affairs Review 51(1): 161–170. 2015.