Lu-in Wang

  • Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Key Areas

Faculty appointment, promotion, and tenure guidelines • faculty appeals process • faculty policies • faculty action processes • FMFL information

Vice Provost Role

As Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Lu-in Wang is responsible for supervising faculty appeal processes; reviewing appointment, promotion, and tenure guidelines for compliance with University policy; and advising deans and campus presidents on policies affecting faculty members. She also works with the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Development to facilitate efforts to recruit and retain a world-class, diverse faculty, help faculty navigate opportunities and challenges as they advance their careers, and raise faculty awareness of ways to build diversity and inclusion into curriculum and classroom environments. In addition, she works with the Office of Faculty Records in the Human Resources Shared Services team to strengthen and streamline processes related to faculty actions.

Professional Biography

Vice Provost Lu-in Wang joined the faculty of the School of Law at Pitt in 1994 and has served as law school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. As associate dean, Wang had responsibility for managing faculty mentoring, tenure, and promotion processes; leading curriculum planning and development; supervising the law school’s Registrar; enforcing academic standards and academic integrity procedures; addressing student concerns in collaboration with the Dean of Students; and advising the Dean on various matters. Wang has received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award and has twice received the Student Bar Association's Excellence in Teaching Award. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

Wang’s scholarship examines ordinary and extraordinary forms of discrimination and the connections between them. Her recent work explores the legal implications of economic and social stereotypes in the service industry, particularly with respect to discrimination in employment and against customers. 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 also has written on more extreme forms of discrimination. She is the author of Hate Crimes Law (West 1994), the first legal treatise on that subject, and has published several articles that apply insights from historical, sociological, and social psychological literature to illuminate the legal issues related to bias-motivated violence. Wang's articles have appeared in journals including the Southern California Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, Lewis & Clark Law Review, Michigan Journal of Race and Law, and the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law.

Wang has also served as a member of the faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Before she began teaching, Wang practiced with firms in Chicago, Illinois, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also served as a staff attorney for The Center for Social Gerontology, a national support center on law and aging, and as a law clerk for the late Justice Ralph J. Cappy of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Education & Training

  • JD, University of Michigan Law School
  • BS, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BA, University of Pittsburgh

Representative Publications

  • Lu-in Wang, Discrimination By Default: How Racism Becomes Routine. NYU Press, 2006.
  • Lu-in Wang and Zachary W. Brewster, Dignity Transacted: Emotional Labor and the Racialized Workplace, 53 Michigan Journal Of Law Reform 531 (2020).
  • Lu-in Wang, When the Customer Is King: Employment Discrimination as Customer Service, 23 VA. J. Social Policy & L. 249 (2016).  
  • Lu-in Wang, At the Tipping Point: Race and Gender Discrimination in a Common Economic Transaction, 21 VA. J. Social Policy & L. 101 (2014). 

Research Interests

  • Antidiscrimination law
  • Hate crimes law
  • Law and society


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law Student Bar Association Excellence in Teaching Award, 2000 and 2006
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law Student Bar Association Excellence in Teaching Award, 2000 and 2006. University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 2001