Margaret Hu Assistant Professor of Law

Phone: 540-58-8359


Office: 441 Lewis Hall 

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Area of Expertise

Cybersurveillance, Big Data, Data Privacy, Civil Rights


BA, University of Kansas

JD, Duke University


Margaret Hu is an Assistant Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law.  Her research interests include the intersection of immigration policy, national security, cybersurveillance, and civil rights.  Previously, she served as senior policy advisor for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and also served as special policy counsel in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), Civil Rights Division, U. S. Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C. As Special Policy Counsel, Hu managed a team of attorneys and investigators in the enforcement of the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and was responsible for federal immigration policy review and coordination for OSC.

Hu received her B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Kansas and her J.D. from Duke Law School. She is a Truman Scholar, Foreign Language Area Studies Scholar, and recipient of a Duke Law School Merit Scholarship. She clerked for Judge Rosemary Barkett on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and subsequently joined the U.S. Department of Justice through Attorney General's Honors Program under Attorney General Janet Reno.

Hu has served in various leadership positions, including vice chair, Kansas Commission for National and Community Service, by gubernatorial appointment; Board of Directors, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum; Board of Directors, University of Kansas Memorial Corporation; National Governing Board, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum; and Dean's Advisory Council, Duke Law School.

Recent Publications

Taxonomy of the Snowden Disclosures (Margaret Hu) Washington and Lee Law Review (2015)

Biometric ID Cybersurveillance (Margaret Hum) 88 Indiana Law Journal 1475 (2013) (2013)

Reverse-Commandeering (Margaret Hu) University of California Davis Law Review (2013)

- See Prof. Hu's full list of publications at her Scholarly Commons page.