Lee Ann S. Wang is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies and Social Welfare at the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Her current work is an ethnographic study of immigration law and enforcement at the site of gender and sexual violence, focusing on the work of service providers and legal advocates with Asian immigrant women and their communities. She examines how the law writes and maintains the meaning of protection under the Violence Against Women Act’s immigration provisions, the enlistment of the non-citizen legal subject towards policing, accumulative cooperation, and the visa petition’s role in neoliberal punishment practices. At its core, the work strives to take up the already gendered and racialized task of writing about people and life, without re-inscribing victimhood in legal evidence and the violences of legal archive. She has taught courses on Asian Americans and law, gender and sexuality studies, feminist theory, immigration law and public policy, gender violence and policing, social welfare policy, and legal intimacies. Dr. Wang is a former UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley School of Law and held faculty appointments in Law and Public Policy, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell and visiting positions at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa.
- Foundations of Social Welfare Policy
- Gender Violence, Policing, and the Law
- Asian Americans and the Law
- Critical Approaches to Emerging Issues in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities
- Wang Argues Against Prison-to-ICE Pipeline
- ‘Summer of Soul’ – A Q&A on Black Music as History
- Scholars Examine Interesting Global and Local Forces Impacting Anti-Asian Violence
- What to Keep in Mind as you Talk About the Atlanta Spa Shootings
- Crossings, Conversations and Convictions: A Look at Generational Grassroots Movements
Ph.D., American Studies, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
B.A. Scripps College, Claremont College, Asian American Studies and Political Science
Research InterestsGender Violence and Policing; Race and Immigration Law; Women of Color and Indigenous Feminist Theories; Ethnographic Writing; Reproduction and Criminalization; Land and Alienage; Social Contract Theory and Settler Colonialism
- “Violence.” Dreams and Dramas: Law as Literature. Exhibit Catalogue. Berlin, Germany, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst Publishing and HIT Gallery.
- “Unsettling Innocence: Rewriting The Law’s Invention of Immigrant Woman as Cooperator and Criminal Enforcer.” Scholar and Feminist. Issue 13:2
- “’Of the Law, but Not Its Spirit’: Immigration Marriage Fraud as Legal Fiction and Violence Against Asian Immigrant Women.” University of California at Irvine Law Review, Vol. 3.4.
- “Film Review of Two Lies and the Grace Lee Project.” Signs Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Films for the Feminist Classroom, Vol. 2.2.
- “Against the Value of Immigrant Fear: An Abolitionist Feminist Critique of Sanctuary by Police.” Abolition Feminisms Vol. 2 Feminist Ruptures against the Carceral State. Edited by Alisa Bierria, Jakeya Caruthers, and Brooke Lober.