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Professor Rana joined the Hamilton Lugar School faculty in 2017, focusing on international law and practice and human rights law. She is also the director of the International Law and Institutions degree program, a joint endeavor by HLS and IU’s Maurer School of Law. Rana is legal scholar who has published widely in top international law and general law journals, and has been a PI on several major grants including most recently a Discovery Project grant from the Australian Ministry of Education.
As senior assistant dean for curricular and undergraduate affairs, Rana works to develop and strengthen curricular offerings for undergraduate students and expand experiential and global learning opportunities. She is also the Hamilton Lugar School's Diversity Officer and oversees the school’s recruitment, professional development and career services, and Living-Learning Center teams. She was instrumental in the creation of the Global Leaders and Professionals Program, which prepares HLS students for post-graduate careers, as well as the development of the International Law and Institutions degree program.
Rana has a broad range of leadership and other experience in academia, legal practice and international human rights organizations. Prior to joining the IU faculty, she served as Of Counsel at Brooks Pierce LLP, where she helped grow the firm’s international law practice, and she has also served as a Social Affairs Officer at the United Nations, where she worked on international women’s human rights issues and treaties. She was a professor at the University of Maryland Law School, where she co-developed the school’s international law clinic, and was also a visiting professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Rana’s other legal experience includes serving as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. James R. Browning at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practicing in the areas of international, corporate and regulatory law at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC and Quinn Emanuel LLP in San Francisco, CA. As a member of the HLS faculty, Rana has led annual student delegations to the UN's Commission on the Status of Women, and has worked with students and NGOs to produce and publish human rights reports.
Rana is a frequent speaker and author on international and comparative law topics, including international women’s rights, corporate social responsibility, business technology policies and regulation, and immigration and refugee law. She recently testified before the Indiana legislature on women’s rights and reproductive health legislation and has filed a number of Supreme Court and federal court amicus and merits briefs on immigration and refugee law issues.
Rana is also an active member of the Bloomington community, having served on a number of community organizations and boards. This includes a mayoral appointment to the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women.