Ming-Te Wang is a Professor at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. He is also the Faculty Director of Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago. Professor Wang’s research aims to understand and improve youth learning and development in multiple ecological contexts with an emphasis on issues of diversity, opportunity, and equity. His research directly addresses educational and health disparities with historically marginalized youth while informing policy and practice to promote academic and socioemotional well-being of all children and adolescents. Professor Wang is strongly committed to applying basic psychological science to address social issues and leveraging strengths-based approach and longitudinal research designs to inform educational practices. As such, his research agenda is uniquely positioned to address developmental challenges in sociocultural contexts that may differentially influence children and adolescents of historically stigmatized groups.
Professor Wang has received nationally and internationally recognized Early Career and Mid-Career Distinguished Research Contribution Awards from a variety of professional organizations in child development, education, and psychology, including the American Education Research Association (AERA), Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD), Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Association for Psychological Science (APS), and American Psychological Association (APA).
To date, Professor Wang has published more than 100 journal articles in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals in child development, health, education, and psychology. This work has had more than 20,000 google scholar citations. Professor Wang has also been consistently ranked within the top 1% of highly cited interdisciplinary researchers in science and social science since 2020 by the journal citation report. In addition, he has served as the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator for multiple external research grants, including funding from the Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Spencer Foundation.