Law professor Wang named vice provost for Faculty Affairs

Lu-in Wang, a professor in the School of Law, has been named vice provost for Faculty Affairs, effective July 1, Provost Ann Cudd announced on June 17.

Lu-in WangWang will serve in the provost’s office part-time as half of the team to replace Laurie Kirsch, who is stepping down from her position as vice provost for Faculty Affairs, Development and Diversity at the end of June. Another internal candidate will be named to fill the role of vice provost for Faculty Diversity and Development.

Wang joined Pitt Law in 1994 as a visiting assistant professor of law and was appointed professor of law in 2004. After a brief term on the faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2013-2015, she returned to Pitt Law in 2016.

Her scholarship has been focused on ordinary and extraordinary forms of discrimination and the connections between them, including anti-black biases, gender discrimination, situational racism and sexual harassment. She also explores the legal implications of economic and social stereotypes in the service industry, with an emphasis on discrimination in employment and against customers.

Wang has authored two books — Discrimination by Default: How Racism Becomes Routine” and “Hate Crimes Law.”

She will continue as a professor in the School of Law, where she also has filled several other roles, including associate dean for Academic Affairs and senior advisor for Strategic Initiatives. Wang has received the Pitt Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and has twice received the Student Bar Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award

She received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1986, a bachelor of arts degree from Pitt in 1983, and a bachelor of science from Penn State in 1983.

Before joining academia, Wang practiced law in Chicago and Ann Arbor, served as a staff attorney for the Center for Social Gerontology, and worked as a law clerk for the late Justice Ralph J. Cappy of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

— Susan Jones


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