Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Position: 

Charles M. and Marion J. Kierscht Professor of Law

Biographical Information

Professor Onwuachi-Willig was the inaugural Charles and Marion Kierscht Professor of Law at the University of Iowa. She joined the Iowa Law faculty in 2006 after three years on the tenure track at the University of California, Davis School of Law. She 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 and a Note Editor on the Michigan Law Review and an Associate Editor of the founding issue of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. After law school, she clerked for Judge Solomon Oliver, now Chief U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio, and Judge Karen Nelson Moore, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit. She also worked as a labor and employment associate at Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio and Foley Hoag in Boston, Massachusetts. 

In 2006, Professor Onwuachi-Willig was honored by the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) with the Derrick A. Bell Award, which is given to a junior faculty member who has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system, or social justice. In December of 2010, Professor Onwuachi-Willig was elected to the American Law Institute and she was selected as a finalist for the Iowa Supreme Court. In 2011, she was named one of America’s top young legal professionals by the National Law Journal, which placed her on its “Minority 40 under 40” list. In 2012, she won the Marion Huit Award, a University award given to a tenured faculty member in recognition of outstanding teaching and assistance to students, exceptional research and writing, and dedicated service to the University and the surrounding community.  In 2015, she received the AALS Minority Groups Section Clyde S. Ferguson Award, becoming (along with her co-author Mario Barnes) the first person to receive both the Section’s Bell Award and Clyde Ferguson Award.  In 2015, she also received the law school’s Collegiate Teaching Award.

Professor Onwuachi-Willig is a past Chair of the AALS Minority Groups Section, the AALS Law and Humanities Section, the AALS Employment Discrimination Section, and the Planning Committee for the 2015 AALS Mid-Year Conference on Gender Equality.  She also is a past Chair of the AALS Committee for the Recruitment and Retention of Minorities, a former member of the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers, and a former member of the Common Cause Board and the LatCrit Board. She has held several offices on the Grinnell College Alumni Council, including President.

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Publications

Books

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013, xii, 325 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, co-editor. Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Law Teaching: A Critical Reader, with Raquel Aldana, Steven Bender, Olympia Duhart, Michele Benedetto Neitz, Hari Osofsky, and Hazel Weiser. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2011, xiii, 405 pages.

Book Chapters

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, "Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, 477 U.S. 57 (1986)," with Kristen Konrad Tiscione, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2016, 26 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig. "Judging Opportunity Lost: Race-based Affirmative Action and Equality Jurisprudence After Fisher v. University of Texas," with Mario L. Barnes and Erwin Chemerinsky, in Controversies in Equal Protection Cases in America: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation, edited by Anne Richardson Oakes. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2015, at 85, 17 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “An Officer and a Gentleman,” in The New Black: What Has Changed and What Has Not with Race in America, edited by Kenneth W. Mack and Guy-Uriel Charles. New York: New Press, 2013, at 146, 17 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Cracking the Egg: Which Came First--Stigma or Affirmative Action? (Symposium: Taking Initiative on Initiatives: Examining Proposition 209 and Beyond),” with Emily Hough and Mary Campbell, reprinted with variations in Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge, 3rd ed., edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2013, at 249, 6 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “A House Divided: The Invisibility of the Multiracial Family,” with Jacob Willig-Onwuachi, reprinted with variations in Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge, 3rd ed., edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2013, at 416, 10 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Complimentary Discrimination and Complementary Discrimination in Faculty Hiring,” reprinted with variations in Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge, 3rd ed., edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2013, at 629, 13 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Finding a Loving Home,” with Jacob Willig-Onwuachi, in Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage, edited by Kevin Noble Maillard and Rose Cuison Villazor. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012, at 181, 16 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Silence of the Lambs,” in Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, edited by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. González, and Angela P. Harris. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2012, at 142, 10 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Multiracialism and the Social Construction of Race: The Story of Hudgins v. Wrights,” reprinted in Best African American Essays, 2010, edited by Gerald Early and Randall Kennedy. New York: One World Books, 2010, at 311, 29 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “The Black Divide on Affirmative Action,” in Our Promise: Achieving Educational Equality for America’s Children: Selected Essays and Articles, edited by Maurice R. Dyson and Daniel B. Weddle. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2009, at 137, 26 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Multiracialism and the Social Construction of Race: The Story of Hudgins v. Wrights,” in Race Law Stories, edited by Rachel F. Moran and Devon W. Carbado. New York: Foundation Press, 2008, at 147, 27 pages.

Articles

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, "Evaluation of Iowa’s Anti-bullying Law," with Marizen Ramirez, Patrick Ten Eyck, Corinne Peek-Asa, and Joseph E. Cavanaugh, 3 Injury Epidemiology 15 (2016), 8 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, "The Trauma of the Routine: Lessons on Cultural Trauma from the Emmett Till Verdict," 34 Sociological Theory 335 (2016), 23 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, "Foreword," Race and Reform in Twenty-First Century America (Symposium), with Trina Jones, Guy-Uriel E. Charles, 79 Law and Contemporary Problems 1 (2016), 3 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig. "Judging Opportunity Lost: Race-based Affirmative Action and Equality Jurisprudence After Fisher v. University of Texas," with Mario L. Barnes and Erwin Chemerinsky, 62 UCLA Law Review 272 (2015), 34 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig. "From Outsider to Insider and Outsider Again: Interest Convergence and the Normalization of LGBT Identity (Symposium: After Marriage)," with Alexander Nourafshan, 42 Florida State University Law Review 521 (2015), 26 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willing, “Reflections on Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia Symposium—The Plenary Panel,” with Maritza I. Reyes, Angela Mae Kupenda, Stephanie M. Wildman, and Adrien Katherine Wing, 29 Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice 195 (2014), 55 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “What Interracial and Gay Couples Know About ‘Passing’,” Atlantic (July 31, 2013), 5 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “A Room with Many Views: A Response to Essays on According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Multiracial Family,” 16 Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 793 (2013), 32 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “What Would Be the Story of Alice and Leonard Rhinelander Today?,” 46 UC Davis Law Review 939 (2013), 22 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “On Derrick Bell as Pioneer and Teacher: Teaching Us How to Have the Nerve,” 36 Seattle University Law Review xlii (2013), 6 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Do Female ‘Firsts’ Still Matter? Why They Do for Female Judges of Color, (Symposium: Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power),” with Amber Fricke, 2012 Michigan State Law Review 1529, 26 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “The Obama Effect: Understanding Emerging Meanings of ‘Obama’ in Anti-Discrimination Law (Symposium: Labor and Employment Law Under the Obama Administration: A Time for Hope and Change?),” with Mario L. Barnes, 87 Indiana Law Journal 325 (2012), 24 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Class, Classes, and Classic Race-Baiting: What’s in a Definition? (Symposium: Class and American Legal Education),” with Amber Fricke, 88 Denver University Law Review 807 (2011), 28 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Like Mrs. McCree: A Tribute to Dores McCree,” 16 Michigan Journal of Race & Law 155 (2011), 4 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Pregnant Man?: A Conversation: All in the Family,” with Jacob Willig-Onwuachi, 22 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 242 (2010), 7 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Another Hair Piece: Exploring New Strands of Analysis Under Title VII,” 98 Georgetown Law Journal 1079 (2010), 53 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Complimentary Discrimination and Complementary Discrimination in Faculty Hiring,” 87 Washington University Law Review 763 (2010), 38 pages; reprinted with variations in Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge, 3rd ed., edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2013, at 629, 13 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Teaching Employment Discrimination,” 54 Saint Louis University Law Journal 755 (2010), 13 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “The Declining Significance of Presidential Races? (Symposium: Race and Socioeconomic Class: Examining an Increasingly Complex Tapestry),” with Osamudia James, 72 Law and Contemporary Problems 89 (2009), 19 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Celebrating Critical Race Theory at 20,” 94 Iowa Law Review 1497 (2009), 8 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “A House Divided: The Invisibility of the Multiracial Family,” with Jacob Willig-Onwuachi, 44 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 231 (2009), 23 pages; reprinted with variations in Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge, 3rd ed., edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2013, at 416, 10 pages..
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Cracking the Egg: Which Came First--Stigma or Affirmative Action? (Symposium: Taking Initiative on Initiatives: Examining Proposition 209 and Beyond),” with Emily Hough and Mary Campbell, 96 California Law Review 1299 (2008), 64 pages; reprinted with variations in Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge, 3rd ed., edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2013, at 249, 6 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “A Beautiful Lie: Exploring Rhinelander v. Rhinelander as a Formative Lesson on Race, Marriage, Identity, and Family,” 95 California Law Review 2393 (2007), 66 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Volunteer Discrimination,” 40 U.C. Davis Law Review 1895 (2007), 39 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “The Admission of Legacy Blacks,” 60 Vanderbilt Law Review 1141 (2007), 91 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “There’s Just One Hitch, Will Smith: Examining Title VII, Race, and Casting Discrimination on the Fortieth Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia,” 2007 Wisconsin Law Review 319, 25 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Representative Government, Representative Court? The Supreme Court as a Representative Body,” 90 Minnesota Law Review 1252, (2006) 23 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Undercover Other,” 94 California Law Review 873 (2006), 34 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Foreword: This Bridge Called Our Backs: An Introduction to ‘The Future of Critical Race Feminism’,” 39 U.C. Davis Law Review 733 (2006), 9 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “The Return of the Ring: Welfare Reform’s Marriage Cure as the Revival of Post-Bellum Control,” 93 California Law Review 1647 (2005), 50 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “By Any Other Name?: On Being ‘Regarded as’ Black, and Why Title VII Should Apply Even If Lakisha and Jamal Are White,” with Mario Barnes, 2005 Wisconsin Law Review 1283, 61 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Cry Me A River: The Limits of ‘A Systemic Analysis of Affirmative Action in American Law Schools’,” with Kevin R. Johnson, 7 African-American Law & Policy Report 1 (2005), 28 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Using the Master’s ‘Tool’ to Dismantle His House: Why Justice Clarence Thomas Makes the Case for Affirmative Action,” 47 Arizona Law Review 113 (2005), 49 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Just Another Brother on the SCT?: What Justice Clarence Thomas Teaches Us About the Influence of Racial Identity,” 90 Iowa Law Review 931 (2005), 79 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “When Different Means the Same: Applying a Different Standard of Proof to White Plaintiffs Under the McDonnell Douglas [McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 93 S. Ct. 1817 (1973)] Prima Facie Case Test,” 50 Case Western Reserve Law Review 53 (1999), 34 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Moving Ground, Breaking Traditions: Tasha's Chronicle,” 3 Michigan Journal of Race and Law 255 (1997), 27 pages.

Short Essays

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, "Foreword, (Conference: Race and Reform in Twenty-First Century America)," 79 Law & Contemporary Problems 1 (2016), 3 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, "Judicial Profile: Hon. Solomon Oliver, JR., Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio," 63 Federal Lawyer 40 (Aug. 2016), 5 pages.

Book Reviews

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Still Hazy After All These Years: The Data and Theory Behind ‘Mismatch’,” with William C. Kidder, review of Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It, by Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor, Jr., 92 Texas Law Review 895 (2014), 47 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Next-Generation Civil Rights Lawyers: Race and Representation in the Age of Identity Performance,” with Anthony V. Alfieri, review of Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer, by Kenneth W. Mack; and Acting White? Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America, by Devon W. Carbado and Mitu Gulati. 122 Yale Law Journal 1484 (2013), 75 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “GIRL, FIGHT!” review of Fight Like a Girl: How to Be a Fearless Feminist, by Megan Seely. 22 Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice 254 (2007), 20 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “Concealing a Truth When It Doesn’t Fit,” review of Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, by Kenji Yoshino. 29 Legal Times no. 13 (March 27, 2006), at 56, 2 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “For Whom Does the Bell Toll: The Bell Tolls for Brown?” review of Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform, by Derrick Bell. 103 Michigan Law Review 1507 (2005), 22 pages.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, “The Verdict on Roberts vs. Texaco,” review of Roberts vs. Texaco: A True Story of Race and Corporate America, by Bari-Ellen Roberts with Jack E. White. 15 Harvard Blackletter Law Journal 227 (1999), 13 pages.