Lee Ann S. Wang

Lee Ann S. Wang

Assistant Professor of Social Welfare


Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
B.A. Scripps College, Claremont

Areas of Interest:

Criminalization and Policing, Gender-Based Violence, Immigration, Race, Reproduction and Citizenship, Sexuality, and Law


(310) 794-7543



Office Location:

3329, Rolfe Hall

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. 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.

Dr. Wang teaches the following courses: Asian Americans and the Law, Immigration Law and Public Policy, Gender Violence, Policing, and the Law, Foundations of Social Welfare Policy, and Critical Approaches to Emerging Issues in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities.