Joseph Wong

Joseph Wong

Roz and Ralph Halbert Professor of Innovation
Professor, Department of Political Science




Room 357S, 1 Devonshire Place


Joseph Wong is the University of Toronto’s Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President, International Student Experience. He is also the Roz and Ralph Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and a Professor of Political Science. He was the Director of the Asian Institute at the Munk School from 2005 to 2014. Wong is the author of many academic articles and several books, including Healthy Democracies: Welfare Politics In Taiwan and South Korea and Betting on Biotech: Innovation and the Limits of Asia’s Developmental State, both published by Cornell University Press. He is the co-editor, with Edward Friedman, of Political Transitions in Dominant Party Systems: Learning to Lose, published by Routledge, and Wong recently co-edited with Dilip Soman and Janice Stein Innovating for the Global South with the University of Toronto Press. Wong’s articles have appeared in journals such as Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Politics and Society, Governance, among many others. Professor Wong has been a visiting scholar at institutions in the US (Harvard), Taiwan, Korea, and the UK (Oxford); has worked extensively with the World Bank and the UN; and has advised governments on matters of public policy in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Wong’s current research focuses on poverty and innovation. He is also working with Professor Dan Slater (Chicago) on a book about Asia’s development and democracy, currently under contract with Princeton University Press. Professor Wong teaches courses in the department of Political Science, the Munk One program and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. Wong was educated at McGill and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Selected Publications

“Poverty, Invisibility and the Welfare State in the Developing World”(forthcoming, 2015)

“Replicating Parts, Not the Whole, in Scaling” (with Stanley Zlotkin), Stanford Social Innovation Review (Fall, 2014, online blog)

Innovating for the Global South: Towards an Inclusive Innovation Agenda, co-edited with Dilip Soman and Janice Stein (University of Toronto Press, 2014)

“The Strength to Concede: Ruling Parties and Democratization in Developmental Asia” (with Dan Slater), Perspectives on Politics (Vol 11, No. 3, 2013), pp. 717-733

“Canada’s Neglected Tropical Disease Research Network: Who’s in the Core—Who’s on the Periphery?” (with Kaye Phillips et al), PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (Vol. 7, Issue 12, 2013)

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