Joseph Wong

Joseph Wong is the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, International Student Experience, at the University of Toronto. He is also Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor of Political Science, and he held the Canada Research Chair in Democratization, Health and Development for two full terms, ending 2016. Professor Wong was the Director of the Asian Institute at the Munk School from 2005 to 2014.


In addition to many academic articles in leading journals and book chapters, Professor Wong has published four books: Healthy Democracies: Welfare Politics in Taiwan and South Korea (2004) and Betting on Biotech: Innovation and the Limits of Asia’s Developmental State (2011), both published by Cornell University Press, as well as Political Transitions in Dominant Party Systems: Learning to Lose, co-edited with Edward Friedman (2008), and Innovating for the Global South: Towards a New Innovation Agenda, co-edited with Dilip Soman and Janice Stein (2014). Professor Wong is currently co-authoring a book with Dan Slater (University of Michigan) on democracy and development for Princeton University Press. He is also leading a large-scale research project on the political economy of reach and redistribution in developing world settings, summarized in a recent article (2015) in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization and a (2017) TEDx talk. The REACH project is funded by MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth and collaborates with various international organizations, including the UNICEF. As the Principal Investigator of the REACH project, Professor Wong has led student research teams to South Africa, Thailand, Rwanda, India, and Brazil, among others.


Professor Wong has been a visiting scholar at leading universities in Asia (Seoul National University), the US (Harvard) and the UK (Oxford). He has advised international organizations such as the United Nations, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the World Health Organization, as well as for governments in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Professor Wong was appointed Senior Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada in 2011 and was honored with the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013. He was invited to be a Research Fellow at the Behavioral Economics in Action at Rotman group in 2016. Professor Wong earned his Hons. B.A from McGill (1995) and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2001).