Professor Sonia M. Gipson Rankin

Sonia M. Gipson Rankin

Assistant Professor of Law
J.D. University of Illinois College of Law
B.S. Morgan State University
Member of the New Mexico Bar

  Curriculum Vitae  UNM-DR

Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-1266
 Office: 3213


Sonia Gipson Rankin teaches 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.

Gipson Rankin has served as a family mediator, legal advisor, and as a charter school trustee and has served on state-wide higher education committees and regularly presents on kinship care, mass incarceration, microaggressions, gender equity, and issues related to the Black American community before universities, civil rights and public policy conferences. Gipson Rankin has been committed to her community, serving in the past as Vice-President of her children’s elementary school PTA and as a pre-teen volleyball coach through the YMCA. She has taught lessons on Black New Mexico history, the constitution, and ethics throughout Albuquerque public schools and instructed at continuing legal education programs through the New Mexico State Bar. She is a former President of the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association, and a member of the State Bar of New Mexico Committee on Professionalism.

In the News


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Black Kinship Circles in the 21st Century: Survey of Recent Child Welfare Reforms and How It Impacts Black Kinship Care Families, 12 J. CHILD & FAM. ADVOC. 1 (2013).
Available at: UNM-DR

Why They Won’t Take the Money: Black Grandparents and the Success of Informal Kinship Care, 10 ELDER LAW JOURNAL 153 (2002).
Available at: UNM-DR


Regarding Docket No. FR-6111-P-02, HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard (Federal Register HUD-2019-0067-2823, October 18, 2019) (co-authored with Alfred D. Mathewson et al.).
Available at: Federal Register & UNM-DR


Who is Caught up in New Mexico's Criminal Justice System? Considering Race, Ethnicity, Class, Gender, University of New Mexico Libraries (March 2020).

Arcing Towards Justice: Dr. King’s 2020 Vision, Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland AFB Martin Luther King Jr. Observance (January 2020).
Available at: UNM-DR

Improving Retention and Graduation Rates in a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Reinvention Collaborative RC20/20 Higher Education Conference (2018).
Available at: UNM-DR

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