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Associate Professor of History, Occidental College

Jane Hong is an associate professor of U.S. history at Occidental College and the author of Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion (University of North Carolina Press, 2019). A specialist in U.S. immigration and foreign policy, she serves on the editorial board of the Journal of American History, the executive board of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS), and the Scholarly Advisory Board of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History. She has led K-12 teacher seminars for Gilder-Lehrman, consulted for television programs including Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and penned op-eds for the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Hong appeared in two episodes of the Peabody Award-winning PBS docuseries, Asian Americans (2020), and the PBS World documentary Far East Deep South (2021). Hong received a Ph.D. in history from Harvard and a B.A. from Yale. She currently lives in Los Angeles.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of History, Occidental College


  • 2013 
    Harvard University, History