The Political Economy of Reaching the Hard to Reach
Joseph Wong (University of Toronto)
Joseph Wong is the Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs
and Public Policy, Professor of Political Science, and Canada Research Chair in Health, Democracy and
Development. He was the Director of the Asian Institute at the Munk School from 2005 to 2014.
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 and Public Policy.
Wong was educated at McGill and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.