Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Cluster Chair

Angela Onwuachi-Willig is a leading scholar of law and inequality and writes in a variety of areas, including employment discrimination and family law. She is author of According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family (Yale 2013). Her articles have appeared in leading law journals such as the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Texas Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review, to name a few.

Onwuachi-Willig is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gerturde Rush Award (2016) from the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys and the Iowa Chapter of the National Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Clyde Ferguson Award (2015), and the AALS Derrick Bell Award (2006). Along with her co-author Mario Barnes, she is the first faculty member to win both the Ferguson and Bell Awards. Onwuachi-Willig received the 2016 Collegiate Teaching Award at the University of Iowa College of Law and the 2012 Marion Huit Award, a University of Iowa award given to a 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. Other honors include her selection as a Finalist for the Supreme Court of Iowa in 2011; identification by the National Law Journal as one of the “Minority 40 under 40” in 2011 and by Lawyers of Color as one of the “50 Law Professors of Color Under 50” in its inaugural list in 2013; and election to the American Law Institute (ALI), American Bar Foundation (ABF), and Iowa Bar Foundation.

Onwuachi-Willig’s leadership roles include her service on the Grinnell College Alumni Council, including her current role as President. She also served as the Chair for AALS Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers and Students for two years, leading the Committee as it drafted and developed an official Statement of Good Practices on the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers. She also is the founder of the Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Workshop, which has resulted in the production of many books and hundreds of articles and essays by its participants and has assisted dozens of women on the path to tenure. Onwuachi-Willig also has served as the Chair of the AALS Minority Groups Section, the AALS Law and Humanities Section, and the AALS Employment Discrimination Section and was Chair of the 2015 AALS Mid-Year Workshop.

Onwuachi-Willig graduated from Grinnell College, Phi Beta Kappa, and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan, where she was a Clarence Darrow Scholar, a Michigan Law Review Note Editor, and an Associate Editor for the founding issue of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. After law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Solomon Oliver of Northern District of Ohio and U.S. Sixth Circuit Judge Karen Nelson Moore. She currently is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and African American Studies at Yale University. Onwuachi-Willig is a member of the Ohio and Iowa bars.

EDUCATION

  • B.A., Grinnell College (1994)
  • J.D., University of Michigan School of Law (1997)
  • M.A., Yale University (2014)
  • M. Phil., Yale University (2016)