Adrien Katherine Wing: Critical Race Theory/Feminism in the Age of Obama

Critical Race Theory and Critical Race Feminism are part of the jurisprudential frameworks that began with Critical Legal Studies in the 1970s. They take a progressive perspective on race, ethnicity, and gender from a US perspective. Some theorists have addressed the global area, including Professor Wing, whose work has emphasized the legal status of women of color around the world, and especially in Africa, the Middle East and the United States. She will focus on where Critical Race Theory and Critical Race Feminism are within the age of President Obama, the first African-American president. She will speculate on how these concepts may have resonated in the upcoming 2014 and 2016 elections.

Adrien Wing is the Bessie Dutton Murray Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she has taught since 1987. Additionally, she is the Director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, as well as Director of the summer abroad program in France. She served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development 2006-2009 and the on-site Director for the London Law Consortium semester abroad program 2010-12. She also served as a representative to the United Nations for the National Conference of Black Lawyers. Professor Wing presently teaches International Human Rights,  Law in the Muslim World, and Sex Discrimination Law. She has taught US Constitutional Law; Critical Race Theory; Comparative Law; Comparative Constitutional Law; Race, Racism & American Law; Law in Radically Different Cultures; and the International and Domestic Legal Aspects of AIDS. She is, in addition, a member of The University of Iowa’s interdisciplinary African Studies faculty and North Africa/Middle East faculty groups. Author of more than 100 publications, Wing is the editor of Critical Race Feminism: A Reader  and Global Critical Race Feminism: An International Reader, both from NYU Press, as well as co-editor of the Richard Delgado Reader.

Her US-oriented scholarship has focused on race and gender discrimination, including topics such as the impact of Hurricane Katrina, gangs, mothering, affirmative action, the war on terrorism, and polygamy in Black America. Her international scholarship has emphasized two regions: Africa, especially South Africa; and the Middle East, in particular the Palestinian legal system. Constitutionalism, women’s rights, rape in Bosnia, Muslim headscarves in France, Tunisian secularism, Turkish democracy, and the Arab spring  are among the topics of articles.