Lee Ann S. Wang

Lee Ann S. Wang



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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

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Lee Ann S. Wang is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies and jointly appointed in Social Welfare at the Luskin School of Public Affairs.  Her research and teaching cover immigration law; gender violence and policing; law and ethnography; reproduction and welfare policy; women of color and indigenous feminist thought; land, alienage, and social contract; Asian American community formations and social movements.


Prof. Wang’s current work researches federal immigration law and criminal enforcement at the site of legal advocacy efforts on gender and sexual violence.  She examines how legal protection is written and practiced under the Violence Against Women Act’s immigration provisions designed to rescue and save, but only through the binds of non-citizen enlistment towards policing and punishment.  Her ethnography engages legal advocacy efforts with Asian immigrant women, formations of legal figures of cooperation, and the criminalization of blackness within immigration law and its colonial legacies.  Overall, her current work takes up the already racialized and gendered task of writing about people and life without re-inscribing the law’s use of victimhood in evidence and the violence of legal archive.


Prof. Wang is a former UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley School of Law, previous Chair of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association Board, and has held appointments in Ethnic Studies, Law and Public Policy, and Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington Bothell and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  She has previously worked in non-profits and collectives in Los Angeles, Detroit, and the SF Bay Area in anti-violence, prison abolition, Asian youth mentoring, and voting rights.

Selected Books and Publications

“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.