Professor Cara Wong delivers the 2021 Hibbert Roberts Lecture – News


Professor Cara Wong from the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign delivered the Hibbert Roberts 2021 lecture on October 6, 2021. His lecture was titled “National Identity and Racism in the Age of COVID-19: the case of Asians and Asian Americans. The Hibbert Roberts Lecture is an annual public policy conference organized by the Department of Politics and Government and named in honor of Professor Hibbert Roberts, who chaired the department for 22 years, from 1969 to 1992. This year the The conference was co-sponsored by the Office of International Studies and Programs as part of the Fall 2021 International Seminar Series “A New Standard in a Global Context”.

Wong shared historical perspectives on the racialization of the disease as well as how Asians have historically been excluded from immigration and / or citizenship to the United States through various means such as legislation (e.g. Chinese Exclusion Act 1882) and Supreme Court rulings. She also shared with the public survey data that captures the general public’s knowledge of prominent Asian Americans and public perceptions of who is an American and who is a patriot, supplementing the survey data. with examples from the media that also reflect public perceptions of Asian Americans. His discussion provided a context for understanding the experiences of Asians and Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wong is the author of Limits of Duty in American Politics: Geographic, National, and Racial Communities (published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press) and numerous journal articles and book chapters, many of which have appeared in various leading academic journals, including the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, and the Public Opinion Quarterly. Wong’s research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, a Fellow of the Russell Sage Foundation, a Fulbright Fellow in Chile and a Hallsworth Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester. She is the past president of the political psychology section of the American Political Science Association.

The 2021 conference was originally intended to be a hybrid event, combining both in-person and online streaming. Due to the power outage at the Bone Student Center, it has been moved to an online-only event.


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