Dr Jenny Rankin

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Laguna Beach, CA

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Personal Bio: I'm a mom, writer, reader of fantasy, lover of history, workout enthusiast, hiker, animal lover (strict vegan for most of my life), Unitarian Universalist, and Democrat who loves art, travel, and the beach.
Professional Bio: Award-winning educator Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin has taught the Post Doc Masterclass at University of Cambridge, England (as visiting lecturer) in previous years and spends the rest of her time living in Laguna Beach, California writing books relating to data, education, teacher burnout, gifted education, and sharing one's research and expertise with the world. She has 2 doctorates: a Ph.D. in Education, as well as an honorary doctorate L.H.D. Dr. Rankin has served as an award-winning K-12 teacher, teacher on special assignment, assistant principal / school administrator, school district administrator, and chief education & research officer. Dr. Rankin presents her research findings and expertise regularly. Her many media appearances include NBC News, National Public Radio (NPR), O: The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Huffington Post (HuffPost), The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Reader’s Digest, Nonfiction Authors Association (NFAA), countless commendations in the media, and congressional testimonies to inform legislation. She has delivered 184 keynotes and other presentations at 61 different venues in 7 countries, for organizations like the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and U.S. Department of Education, and she frequently presents internationally (e.g., her TED Talk at TEDxTUM). She also presents at mainstream events, such as serving as a panelist (on a Mensa panel concerning science and research) at Comic-Con. In addition to her 10 books, Dr. Rankin's 130 papers and articles have appeared in 38 different publications, including Psychology Today (for which she writes an ongoing column), EdSurge, Education Week, Educational Leadership, Los Angeles Times, Mensa Bulletin and other magazines and journals. Dr. Rankin is an active member of Mensa (serving as Coordinator of the Mensa Gifted Youth Program in Orange County) and many educational organizations, and she serves on multiple advisory boards. Dr. Rankin’s many honors include winning Teacher of the Year and being honored multiple times by the U.S. White House for her contributions to education (for example, the American flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in honor of Dr. Rankin and her dedication to students). Details on Dr. Rankin's specific accomplishments follow in her CV (


UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Stanford University, & More
Ph.D. & more; see

Job History

University of Cambridge & more; see

Honors and Awards

Honored by U.S. White House & more; see