Sonia M. Gipson Rankin
Areas of Expertise
- Race and Technology
- Student Academic Success Initiatives
- Law - kinship care
- Ethnic Studies
- Sonia Gipson Rankin teaches at the UNM School of Law in the fields of Torts, Constitutional Law, Family Law, and Race and the Law.
- Gipson Rankin’s research is centered on the law and its impact on the Black American community, particularly in the areas of technology, family dynamics, and race.
- Before joining the UNM School of Law faculty, Gipson Rankin served as the associate dean for Curriculum and Program Development in University College and as a Senior Lecturer in Africana Studies, both at the University of New Mexico.
- In 2016, Gipson Rankin was named one of 10 Outstanding First-Year Advocates by the National Resource Center for her work related to first year college students. In 2018, she was honored as a Woman of Influence Award by the Albuquerque Business Journal.
- Rankin previously served as the associate dean for Curriculum and Program Development of University College and senior lecturer in Africana Studies at The University of New Mexico. She has also served as an adjunct faculty at the UNM School of Law.
- Previously oversaw the University College Advisement Center’s (UCAC), which plays an essential role in shaping the early academic success of our students, by smoothing the transition to UNM.
- During her tenure on the Elder Law Journal, Rankin also published a legal note which studied black grandparents and the legal impact of informal kinship care.
- Rankin relocated to Albuquerque in 2002, becoming a licensed attorney and joining the New Mexico Bar Association.
- She has served as a family mediator, legal advisor, and as a charter school trustee.
- As the Lead Faculty of the criminal justice program at Brookline College, Rankin revitalized the curriculum, increased community visibility, and designed over 20 online courses.
- Rankin has spent several years teaching in a diversity of disciplines at the collegiate level, specifically at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Brookline College and UNM.
- Rankin has spoken at the Association of Community Colleges Trustees Governance Leadership Institute on Diversity, UNM's 2008 Civil Rights Symposium, presented to the USDA Forest Service, and served as a panelist alongside noted civil rights activist, Dick Gregory.
- She previously served as president of the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association, vice-president of her local PTA, and as a pre-teen volleyball coach.
- Rankin is also a lecturer in UNM's Department of Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on the Race and the Law, Race, Family, and the Law, Cultural Capital in the Digital Age, and Black Women.
- She was the associate director of Africana Studies for three years and was appointed the associate dean for Curriculum and Program Development in University College.
- Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
- Attended the University of Illinois College of Law, receiving several different recognitions for her scholarly work and served as an associate editor of the Elder Law Journal.
Additional areas of interest
Higher Education, Student Academic Success Initiatives, Law - kinship care and race and technology.
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