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Dean Adrien K. Wing

Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs, University of Iowa College of Law

Adrien Wing is the Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs and the Bessie Dutton Murray Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she has taught since 1987. Additionally, she serves as the Director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, as well as Director of the France Summer Abroad Program. She has previously served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and the on-site Director for the London Law Consortium semester abroad program. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School. 


After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton with high honors in 1978, Wing earned her Master of Arts degree in African studies from UCLA in 1979. She obtained her Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree in 1982 from Stanford Law School.


Prior to joining the College of Law faculty in 1987,  Wing spent five years in practice in New York City with two law firms, specializing in international law issues regarding Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. She also served as a representative to the United Nations for the National Conference of Black Lawyers.


Professor Wing has advised the founding fathers and mothers of three constitutions: South Africa, Palestine, and Rwanda. She organized an election-observer delegation to South Africa, and taught at the University of Western Cape for six summers. She advised the Eritrean Ministry of Justice on human rights treaties.


Wing currently teaches Critical Race Theory, Sex Discrimination Law, and Law in the Muslim World. Author of more than 150 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. Her international scholarship has emphasized two regions: Africa and the Middle East. 


Further, Wing has held leadership positions in various organizations. She currently serves on the: American Journal of International Law Board of Editors; Council of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education; Princeton Class of 78 Executive Committee; International Law Student Association Board of Directors; Blacks of the American Society of International Law Task Force; Law & Society Diversity Committee (Chair); American Journal of Comparative Law Board of Editors, and as a law school inspector for the American Bar Association. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the NY Bar. 


Wing has received numerous awards including: the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence (Iowa); Association of American Law Schools Minority Section Clyde Ferguson Award; Distinguished Achievement Award from University of Iowa; Gertrude Rush Award from Iowa National Bar; and Newark Academy (NJ) Distinguished Alumni Award.