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Sophia Z. Lee

Incoming Dean; Professor of Law and History

Sophia Z. Lee has been named dean of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, effective July 1, 2023. Lee, currently a Professor of Law with a secondary appointment in History, has been a member of the Penn Carey Law faculty since 2009.

Lee is a legal historian whose scholarship synthesizes constitutional and administrative law. She has written about administrative agencies’ role in shaping constitutional law; civil rights and labor advocates’ challenges to workplace discrimination during the early Cold War; and conservative legal movements in the post-New Deal era.

Her book The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right was published by Cambridge University Press. Shorter pieces appear in the Yale Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, Law & History Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.