Frank H. Wu is currently a Distinguished Professor. He previously served as Chancellor & Dean, receiving unanimous renewal to a second term after having been voted the most “influential” dean in legal education in a poll by National Jurist magazine.
Before joining UC Hastings, he was a member of the faculty at Howard University, the nation’s leading historically black college/university (HBCU), for a decade. He served as Dean of Wayne State University Law School in his hometown of Detroit, and he has been a visiting professor at University of Michigan; an adjunct professor at Columbia University; and a Thomas C. Grey Teaching Fellow at Stanford University. He taught at the Peking University School of Transnational Law in its inaugural year. In his leadership roles at UC Hastings and Wayne, as well as on the faculty at Howard, he was the first Asian American to serve in such a capacity.
He is dedicated to civic engagement and volunteer service. In April 2016, he was elected by the members of Committee of 100 as their Chair. He was appointed by the federal Department of Education to its National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which advises the administration on higher education accreditation, and by the Defense Department to the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, which submitted to Congress the report From Representation to Inclusion. He currently is a Trustee of Deep Springs College, a highly-selective full-scholarship school enrolling twenty-six on a student-run cattle ranch near Death Valley, where he previously taught for several short periods. He was a Trustee of Gallaudet University, the only university in the world dedicated to deaf and hard of hearing persons, from 2000 to 2010.
Professor Wu is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, which was immediately reprinted in its hardcover edition, and co-author of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, which received the single greatest grant from the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund. He blogs regularly for Huffington Post (“HuffPo”), and his work has appeared in The New York Times and Washington Post.
Prior to his academic career, he held a clerkship with the late U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti in Cleveland and practiced law with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco – while there, he devoted a quarter of his time to pro bono work on behalf of indigent clients.
Areas of Expertise
Civic EngagementVolunteer ServiceHigher Education AdministrationAsian American IssuesCivil Rights
Keith Aoki Asian American Jurisprudence Award | professional
Awarded from the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty.
Honoree | professional
Awarded by the California Asian Pacific Islander American Legislative Caucus for Heritage Month.
Most Influential Dean in Legal Education | professional
Awarded by National Jurist.
Top 100 Lawyers in California | professional
Awarded by the Daily Journal.
Honoree, Leading Educator | professional
Awarded by the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), East Bay Chapter.
Chang-lin Tien Award | professional
Awarded by the Asia Pacific Foundation
Trailblazer | professional
Awarded by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Honorary Marshall | personal
San Francisco Chinatown Parade
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Certificate, Management Development
University of Michigan Law School
The Johns Hopkins University
B.A., Undergraduate Studies
- American Law Institute: Member (elected)
- American Bar Foundation: Life Fellow
- Committee of 100: Chair
- American Sign Language (ASL)
- Chinese (Mandarin)