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Rainey Ransom

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Justice, Law & Criminology

  • Rainey Ransom has been an Adjunct Professor at American University within the Department of Justice, Law and Society since 1991. Dr. Ransom was a full-time professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Society at American University for one year, but remains an Adjunct Associate Professor, where her areas of expertise include the prison system and capital punishment. She received the university’s Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award for an unprecedented two times in three years, 2006 and 2009. She earned a PhD in Sociology: Justice from American University and a JD from the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America. Rainey Ransom is currently Special Counsel at D.C. Superior Court, where she performs numerous functions including serving as ombudsman to the justice community for prisoner/correctional issues. She began this job in 1998. In May 2010, she received the Council for Court Excellence Justice Potter Stewart Award. In March 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Ransom for a judgeship on the D.C. Superior Court Bench.


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  • Spring 2015

    • JLC-444 Topics in Criminal Justice: Death Penalty and the Law
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  • Summer 2015

    • JLC-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Cinema and Social Justice
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  • Fall 2015