Erika K. Wilson

Professor of Law, Wade Edwards Distinguished Scholar, Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy, and Director of Clinical Programs

(919) 962-2552
3061 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Law
  • Civil Rights and Discrimination
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Education Law
  • Poverty Law
  • Public Interest Law
  • Race and the Law


Erika Wilson serves as associate professor of law and the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at the law school. Her research and teaching interests include clinical legal education, education law and policy, specifically obtaining educational equality for disadvantaged students, and the intersection between race and the law. She teaches Critical Race Theory, Education Law, and serves as the director for the UNC Clinical Programs.

Wilson attended the UCLA School of Law. After law school she worked as an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP. She also served as the George P. Lindsey Staff Attorney fellow for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Prior to joining the Carolina Law faculty she taught at the University of Baltimore School of Law.


  • J.D., University of California at Los Angeles (2003)
  • B.S. (cum laude), Public Policy, University of Southern California (2000)

Selected Publications

Monopolizing Whiteness, 134 HARV. L. REV. 2382 (2021).
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Charters, Markets, and Universalism, 26 GEO. J. ON POVERTY L. & POL’Y 291 (2019).
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The New White Flight, 14 DUKE J. CONST. L. & PUB. POL'Y 233 (2019).
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The Legal Foundations of White Supremacy, 11 DEPAUL J. SOC. JUST. 1 (Spring 2018).
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Reverse Passing (with K. Beydoun), 64 UCLA L. REV. 282 (2017).
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When Diversity Fails: Social Dominance Theory and the Persistence of Racial Inequality, 26 NAT'L BLACK L.J. 129 (2017).
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Blurred Lines: Public School Reforms and the Privatization of Public Education, 51 WASH. U. J.L. & POL'Y 189 (2016).
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The New School Segregation, 102 CORNELL L. REV. 139 (2016).
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Gentrification and Urban Public School Reforms: The Interest Divergence Dilemma, 118 W. VA. L. REV. 677 (2015).
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Towards a Theory of Equitable Federated Regionalism in Public Education: Reversing the Role of School District Boundary Lines in Dismantling Brown v. Board of Education, 61 UCLA L. REV. 1416 (2014).
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