Victoria E. Rankin, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in the Sociology department at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte. Dr. Rankin earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of Virginia and specializes in the sociology of education and disparity in academic achievement. Her research interests include equity in education, social inequality, parent engagement, comparative education, race and ethnicity, and the intersection of transportation and school access. Prior to joining UNCC in 2017, Dr. Rankin spent 10 years as a senior researcher at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. Simultaneously, she taught for 7 years as an adjunct Assistant Research Professor of Sociology at The George Washington University.