Lee Ann S. Wang

Lee Ann S. Wang

Assistant Professor


Luskin School of Public Affairs, Social Welfare

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Ph.D., American Studies, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
M.A., American Studies, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
B.A. Scripps College, Claremont College, Asian American Studies and Political Science

Research Interests:

Immigration Law; Gender Violence and Policing; Feminist Theories and Methodologies; Law and Ethnographic Writing; Reproduction and Criminalization; Land and Alienage; Social Contract and U.S. Colonialism.


Lee Ann S. Wang is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies and holds a split appointment in 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.  Professor Wang is a former UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley School of Law, Chaired the Critical Ethnic Studies Association Board, and served on the Scripps College Board of Trustees.  She previously worked with non-profits and collectives on anti-violence, reentry, busing, and voting in LA, Detroit, and the SF Bay Area and held 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.

Selected Books and Publications


• Sawyer/Mellon Fellow, “Capitalism and Comparative Racialization” University of Washington Seattle
• Initiatives to Develop Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Collaboration Grant, University of Washington Bothell
• Institute on the Cultural Study of Law Fellow, Osnabrück University
• University of California Office of the President, Postdoctoral Fellow
• Interdisciplinary Seminar on Race, Gender, Culture, and Community, Fellow, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
• Teaching Award, Rackham, University of Michigan
• Office of the Provost Grant, “Global/Local Contradictions in Asian and Asian American Studies” Distinguished Faculty/Student Award, University of Michigan