Dr. Rankin is a political scientist with an appointment as Professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. Her research spans various aspects of gender and politics, with specific interest in domestic and global applications of gender mainstreaming and gender activism. Most recently, she was co-editor of We Still Demand: Redefining Resistance in Sex and Gender Struggles (UBC Press, 2016). She has extensive experience in gender and development projects, offering strategic advice and capacity-building training to governments and NGOs in Russia, Ukraine, China, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Tunisia, South Africa, Turkey, and throughout the South Caucasus.
She currently serves as gender consultant on a Global Affairs Canada project focused on young women and economic empowerment in Jordan. She is also the recipient of multiple teaching accolades, including a Carleton University Teaching Achievement Award. Professor Rankin has a substantial record of university leadership, including as Associate Vice-President (Research and International), Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Affairs) for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and as a former Director of both the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies and the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. Dr. Rankin completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in English Literature and holds an MA in Canadian Studies and PhD in Political Science from Carleton.