EDMUND FONG portrait
  • Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
  • Associate Professor, Political Science Department
(801) 585-7656


  • "Formative Mappings, Political Trappings: Histories of Race and Ethnicity in the United States." Co-authored with Victoria Hattam. Commissioned for Oxford Handbook of Racial And Ethnic Politics in the United States (online publication March 2015, Oxford University Press.). Published, 03/01/2015.
  • 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.
  • “Beyond the Racial Exceptionalism of the Japanese Internment,” Politics, Groups, and Identities 1:2 (June 2013): 239-244. Published, 06/2013.
  • "White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race by Matthew W. Hughey, Race Defaced: Paradigms of Pessimism, Politics of Possibility by Christopher Kyriakides and Rodolfo D. Torres, Racing for Innocence: Whiteness, Gender, and the Backlash against Affirmative Action by Jennifer L. Pierce," Public Integrity 15(3): 318-322 (Summer 2013). Published, 06/2013.
  • "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.

Research Statement

My research interests occupy the nexus between critical race studies, American political thought & development, and contemporary political theory. I seek to understand how discourses of race have synergized American politics in both its institutional and cultural aspects. 

Research Keywords

  • Critical Race Theory
  • American political culture
  • American Political Thought


  • Invited Panelist, Diversity Scholars Faculty Panel, University of Utah, February 27, 2018. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2018.
  • “Race Against Time: The Temporal Structure of the White Yeomanry,” Invited Participant, Francis D. Wormuth Symposium “The Politics of Identity”, University of Utah, April 6, 2017. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/2017.
  • “Race Against Time: The Temporal Structure of the White Yeomanry,” 2017 proceedings of the Western Political Science Association, Vancouver. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2017.
  • “Diversity and Disparity: Race, Class, and Gender Inequities in the U.S.,” Invited Panelist, Understanding Our Differences, Shaping Our Future: A Campus-Community Dialogue Series, University of Utah, April 20, 2017. Panel, Presented, 04/2017.
  • “When and Where I Enter: On Asian American Awareness in the 21st Century,” Invited Participant, Asian American Student Association High School Conference, University of Utah, February 17, 2017. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/17/2017.
  • “2016 Election De-brief: Immigration Policy and the Policy Process,” Invited Participant, International Scholar and Student Services, Office of Global Engagement, University of Utah, November 21, 2016. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/21/2016.
  • “Criminal Justice, Policing, and Police Practices,” Invited Participant, “Making Sense of the 2016 Elections,” University of Utah, October 17, 2016. Panel, Presented, 10/17/2016.
  • “Race and American Political Development,” Invited participant, 2016 proceedings of the Western Political Science Association, San Diego. Presentation, Presented, 04/2016.
  • “Roundtable: 2016 Presidential Primaries,” Invited participant, Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah, March 1, 2016. Panel, Presented, 03/01/2016.
  • "Post-Colonial Analysis," Methods Cafe, 2015 Proceedings of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco. Other, Presented, 09/04/2015.
  • "Gothic Republicanism: Race and the Machiavellian Moments of American Political Discourse," 2015 proceedings of the Western Political Science Association, Las Vegas. Presentation, Presented, 04/03/2015.
  • “Author Meets Critics: American Exceptionalism and the Remains of Race by Edmund Fong,” 2015 proceedings of the Western Political Science Association, Las Vegas. Panel, Presented, 04/02/2015.
  • "Modern Race Relations and Institutional State Violence" Hinckley Institute of Politics. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/20/2014.
  • "A Belabored Republic? Rethinking Racial/Gender Intersections in American Political Development" delivered at the 2014 proceedings of the Western Political Science Association, Seattle. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/2014.
  • “Frederick Jackson Turner’s Frontier Thesis Revisited: The Strange Career of Race and American Democratization,” 2013 proceedings of the Western Political Science Association, Los Angeles. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/2013.
  • “Book Release: Ella Myer’s Worldly Ethics,” University of Utah, April 17, 2013. Panel, Presented, 04/2013.
  • “Lincoln, Django & 150 Years Later: A Critical Dialogue,” University of Utah, February 28, 2013. Panel, Presented, 02/2013.
  • “Asian Americans & the Bamboo Ceiling,” University of Utah, April 12, 2012. Panel, Presented, 04/2012.
  • “’Interns’ of America: Disclosures of Race through the Japanese Internment,” conference on Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Law and American Political Development, University of Ohio, May 20-21, 2011. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/2011.
  • "'Interns' of America: Re-imagining Race through the Japanese Internment.". Conference Paper, Presented, 04/2010.
  • "The Moynihan Moment: Liberal Governmentality and the Epidemiology of Politics.". Conference Paper, Presented, 03/2009.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Race and Ethnicity in Global Contexts: Transforming Ethnic Studies. Global Learning Across the Disciplines (GLAD) Grant. PI: Lourdes Alberto. Co-PI(s): Elizabeth Archuleta. Office of Global Engagement, University of Utah, 08/2017 - 05/2018. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00