Jen Wu

Jennifer D. Wu

Department of Political Science
Yale University

Welcome to my website. I am currently a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Yale University. My research focuses on race, identity, and behavior in American politics. I will be at the University of Pennsylvania as a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2023-2024 academic year. Starting Fall 2024, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at SUNY Binghamton.

My dissertation project, "The Politics of Asian-ness: Understanding the Importance of National Origin and Group Membership on the Political Representation" focuses on Asian American political behavior and examines the conditions and context in which the pan-Asian identity is politically unifying, despite great variation in national origin backgrounds. Through a series of studies, which employ methodologies ranging from experimental design to observational analysis, I find that national origin identity is often more important than the pan-ethnic identity, but pan-Asian identity can nonetheless be activated and made salient in political contexts.

At Yale, I am affiliated with the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Center for the Study of American Politics. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a BA in Economics, Mathematics, and Theatre Arts, and from University College London (UCL) in 2014 with an MSc Economics. Before attending Yale, I worked as a research associate for ISPS Health at Yale studying topics related healthcare economics.