Prof. Smith Named Law School Vice Dean

Washington University School of Law Dean Nancy Staudt has named Professor Peggie R. Smith as the new vice dean. In this role, Smith will focus primarily on faculty and academic affairs, while continuing to serve as the Charles F. Nagel Professor of Employment & Labor Law.

Professor Peggie Smith

“Peggie is a fantastic member of the law school community who is widely respected by her colleagues and students for her integrity, dedication to teaching, and scholarly achievement,” says Staudt, dean and the Howard & Caroline Cayne Professor of Law. “I got to know Peggie as a member of the search committee during my recent candidacy as dean, and I was impressed by her collaborative spirit, energy, and strong sense of commitment to our school. I am thrilled to have her join my leadership team.”

Smith, who joined the faculty in 2010, is a leading scholar in the regulation of care work that occurs both inside and outside the home, including child care, home care, and elder care. Co-author of a treatise on employment law, she has published widely on issues such as home-based care work, work and family balance, parental-status employment discrimination, and elder care.

In addition to her research and teaching, she is a member of the Faculty Senate Council and the Faculty Advisory Board for the law school’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work & Social Capital. Among her professional affiliations, she serves on the Executive Committee and as secretary of the Labor Law Group, a national organization of leading scholars in labor and employment law. 

Smith is also on the editorial board of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal and on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law. 

Before joining Washington University, Smith was the Murray Family Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. She also was on the faculty at Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Charles Hamilton Houston Fellow in Law Teaching at Harvard University. Smith has served as a visiting fellow at Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations and a visiting professor at the University of Trento, Faculty of Jurisprudence, in Trento, Italy.

Smith received her BA from Yale University followed by an MA in African-American Studies from Yale. She graduated from Harvard Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of Harvard Women’s Law Journal. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Michael Boudin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. 

Summer 2014