Lu-in Wang rejoins the Pitt Law faculty from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Prior to her time teaching at UNM, she taught at Pitt Law for 19 years, where she received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001 and the Student Bar Association's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000 and 2006.
Wang’s scholarship examines ordinary and extraordinary forms of discrimination and the connections between them. Her recent work explores the relationship between social and economic stereotypes and how the law reinforces their connection. Her book, Discrimination By Default: How Racism Becomes Routine (New York University Press 2006), draws on social psychology to detail three commonplace but generally unrecognized ways in which unconscious assumptions lead to discrimination in a wide range of everyday settings and how these dynamics interact to produce an invisible, self-fulfilling, and self-perpetuating prophecy of racial disparity. Wang’s earlier work examined more extreme forms of discrimination. In addition to being the author of Hate Crimes Law (West 1994), the first legal treatise on that subject, Wang has published several articles that apply insights from historical, sociological, and social psychological literature to illuminate the legal issues related to bias-related violence. Wang's articles have appeared in journals including the Southern California Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, the Boston University Law Review, the Lewis & Clark Law Review, and the Michigan Journal of Race and Law.
Before she began teaching, Wang practiced with firms in Chicago, Illinois, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and as a staff attorney for The Center for Social Gerontology, a national support center on law and aging. She also served as a law clerk for the late Justice Ralph J. Cappy of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Wang is an elected member of the American Law Institute and The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.