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.