W.H. (Joe) Knight, Jr.

Joe Knight, Jr.


Vice Provost Universiy of Iowa
Professor of Law

Biographical Information

W. H. (Joe) Knight was a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law from 1983 until 2001. He also served as Vice Provost of the University from 1997-2000. An expert in commercial law, Professor Knight has authored three books on the subject and taught courses in banking, contracts and commercial transactions. He has also taught seminars on international banking and critical race theory.

Professor Knight grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C. and earned bachelor degrees in economics, speech, and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his juris doctor degree from the Columbia University School of Law. At Columbia, he was a member of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Professor Knight worked in New York City as a labor lawyer and in Connecticut with a bank holding company.



W. H. Knight, Jr., with Donald B. King, Calvin A. Kuenzel, and Bradford Stone. Commercial Transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code and Other Laws, 5th ed. New York: M. Bender, 1997.

Book Chapters

W. H. Knight, with Adrien K. Wing, “Weep Not Little Ones: An Essay to Our Children about Affirmative Action,” in African Americans and the Living Constitution, John Hope Franklin and Genna Rae McNeil, eds. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995.


W. H. Knight, Jr., “Standing on the Corner - Trying to Find Our Way,” 1 Journal of Gender Race & Justice 419 (1998)
W. H. Knight, Jr., “To Thine Own Self Be True - One Person's Search for Scholarship,” 10 Saint Louis University Public Law Review 169 (1991).
W. H. Knight, Jr., “International Debt and the Act of State Doctrine: Judicial Abstention Reconsidered,” 13 North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation 35 (1988).
W. H. Knight, Jr., “Loan Participation Agreements: Catching Up with Contract Law,” 1987 Columbia Business Law Review 587 (1987).

Book Reviews

W. H. Knight, Jr., review of Black Robes, White Justice, by Bruce Wright, 10 National Black Law Journal 366 (1988).
W. H. Knight, Jr., review of In Banks We Trust: Bankers and Their Close Associates: The CIA, the Mafia, Drug Traders, Dictators, Politicians and the Vatican, by Penny Lernoux, 10 Journal of Corporate Law 1095 (1985).