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Lee Ann S. Wang

Assistant Professor

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Phone: (310) 794-7543



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Lee Ann S. Wang is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies. 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.

Courses Taught

  • 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 



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

Research Interests

Gender 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


Lee Ann S. Wang