Lee Ann S. Wang holds a split appointment as 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. 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, youth advocacy, busing and mass transit, voting rights in Los Angeles, Detroit, 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.
- “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