EDMUND FONG portrait
  • Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
  • Chair, Ethnic Studies
  • Associate Professor, Political Science Department
  • Assistant Professor, Political Science Department

Research Summary

My research interests cover race and American politics, broadly conceived. In particular, I focus on political discourse with a methodological focus on the historical interplay between ideas and institutions.

Selected Works

  • "Reconstructing the Problem of Race." Political Research Quarterly 61: 660-670 (Dec 2008). Special issue on the study of Race in American Political Development. Published, 12/2008.
  • “Beyond the Racial Exceptionalism of the Japanese Internment,” Politics, Groups, and Identities 1:2 (June 2013): 239-244. Published, 06/2013.
  • Edmund Fong & Andrew Aoki & Pei-te Lien, editors (2020). Reflections on Fred Lee’s “Contours of Asian American Political Theory: Introductions and Polemics.”. Routledge. Published, 02/21/2020.
  • American Exceptionalism and the Remains of Race: Multicultural Exorcisms (New York: Routledge, 2014). Choice “Highly Recommended.” http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138794009/. Published, 07/2014.


  • Ph.D, Political Science, New School for Social Research


Edmund Fong is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and the Division of Ethnic Studies. His research interests lie in examining the constitutive role of racial politics in the development of American political culture and American political institutions. He has published in journals and anthologies such as Political Research QuarterlyPolitics, Groups, and Identities, and the Oxford Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Politics in the U.S.. His book, American Exceptionalism and the Remains of Race: Multicultural Exorcisms was published in July 2014 by Routledge Press through their Routledge Series on Identity Politics. He is currently working on a new book on how we tell time through race in American politics. He teaches broadly in the fields of Political Science and Ethnic Studies, from courses on the American Presidency to Racial/Ethnic Politics to seminars on Politics & Literature.