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Jane Hong, Ph.D.

Jane H. Hong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of History


My interests include U.S. immigration, America in the world, race, comparative civil rights, and Asian American history.

I am a historian of U.S. immigration and engagement with the world, focusing on Asia and Asian America after World War II.

My book manuscript in progress situates the post-1940 movement to repeal the Asian Exclusion laws in the United States within the context of black civil rights struggles at home and U.S. military intervention in a decolonizing Asia. A multi-archival study, the project draws from research I conducted in the United States, India, and South Korea.

In the 2013-2014 academic year, I will be teaching both halves of the U.S. history survey, "The Immigrant in American Life," and the "History of the Civil Rights Movement." Future offerings include the United States and the World, Asian American History, and a course exploring the role of religious organizations and institutions in U.S. immigration policymaking and practice.

Born in Brooklyn, I am a native of northern New Jersey and an alumna of Teach for America in Newark, NJ.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University
  • A.M., Harvard University
  • A.M., Brown University
  • B.A., Yale University

Academic Distinctions

  • Jacob K. Javits Fellow, U.S. Department of Education, 2006-2010
  • Theodore H. Ashford Dissertation Fellow, Harvard University, 2006-2012 
  • Derek Bok Certificate for Teaching Distinction, Harvard University, 2008-2009 
  • Research Grant (India), South Asia Initiative, Harvard University, 2009 
  • Travel Grant, Korea Institute, Harvard University, 2009 
  • James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowship, UCLA, 2010 
  • Harvey Fellowship, Mustard Seed Foundation, 2010-2012


Office Phone
(973) 275-2773


Office Location
Room 348
Fahy Hall


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