Angela Onwuachi-Willig

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PhD Candidate
B.A., Grinnell College, American Studies with a concentration in African American Studies, Phi Beta Kappa with departmental honors;
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
Areas of Interest: 
Historical Sociology; Social Stratification; Social Psychology; Ethnography; Law and Society; Race, Gender, and Identity.

Angela Onwuachi-Willig (joint with Sociology) graduated from Grinnell College, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in American Studies, and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Clarence Darrow Scholar, a Note Editor on the Michigan Law Review, and an Associate Editor of the founding issue of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. She is a past recipient of the Derrick Bell, Jr. Award and the author of the new book, According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family (Yale University Press). 

Her research interests are varied, but fit under the broad umbrella of race, law, and society. For example, she would like to pursue projects exploring how race- and gender-based stigmas contribute to inequalities between outcomes for black and white parents in the child welfare system; whether and when meaningful racial differences exist between black and white associates’ reasons for leaving large law firms; and how effective prison education programs at  “rehabilitating” both prisoners  and the educators and volunteers who work with them.

She also is the Charles and Marion Kierscht Professor of Law at the University of Iowa, and is a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School during spring, 2014.