Shruti Rana

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Initiatives

MU Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

Professor of Law

School of Law

Contact Information

Phone 573-882-8952
Address 130 Jesse Hall
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About Shruti Rana

Shruti Rana is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Initiatives for the University of Missouri’s Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity and Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law. Rana oversees the Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE), which facilitates and supports the work of the division and provides expertise to MU, the University of Missouri System and local communities through research and assessment, providing resources for education and development, and other initiatives for faculty, staff and students. 

Rana previously served as senior assistant dean for curricular and undergraduate affairs and diversity officer at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University Bloomington, where she was also a professor and director of the International Law & Institutions Program. At IU, Rana developed and strengthened curricular, experiential and global learning opportunities and partnerships, and worked on a number of school and campus initiatives to enhance student success and retention as well as equity and inclusion for students and faculty. Her legal scholarship focuses on international law, global governance and equality, and she has published in a variety of U.S. and international law journals including the American Journal of International Law, the Australian Year Book of International Law, the Stanford Journal of International Law, the University of Illinois Law Review and the Alabama Law Review. She has also been a PI on several major grants including most recently a multinational collaboration on state engagement with international law and institutions under an Australian Discovery Project grant.

Rana has a broad range of leadership and other experience in academia, legal practice and community organizations. Prior to joining IU, 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 analyzed international and domestic treaty obligations. She was a professor at the University of Maryland Law School, where she co-developed the school’s international law clinic, and 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. She obtained her JD from Columbia Law School, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Rana has also served on a number of professional and community boards and actively volunteers in her local communities.