Kimberly Cogdell Grainger

Associate Dean for Accreditation &
Professor of Law

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Kimberly Cogdell-Grainger


J.D., University of North Carolina
M.P.H., University of North Carolina
B.S., Hampton University


Kimberly Cogdell Grainger received a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Hampton University. She received her Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health specializing in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Professor Cogdell teaches Torts, Health Law, Wills and Estates and Immigration Law. Her research interests include health care reform, emerging issues in immigration law, the use of DNA as scientific evidence and the intersection between law, health, science and race.  She is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in Public Health Law and has also participated in the BRIDGES Women in Academic Leadership Fellowship.

An avid user of technology, Professor Cogdell uses technology both inside and outside of the classroom to facilitate teaching and learning.  During the summer of 2017, Professor Cogdell hosted an online free legal workshop on immigration basics through the Virtual Justice Program. She conducted the workshop in Spanish and English to provide information to the local community with assistance from the Immigration Law and Social Justice Project.  Professor Cogdell also teaches online classes in the Justice in the Practice of Law Certificate Program.  She enjoys teaching the online seminar course she created Public Health Law and Vulnerable Populations.  In her teaching, she incorporates various pedagogical techniques to reach multiple learning styles such as: flipping the classroom, formative assessments, and experiential learning.

Professor Cogdell is active in the local community and in the university.  She regularly conducts pro bono legal work related to immigration, insurance, and basic estate planning.  She has served as the IRB Chair for the university as well as the Faculty Senate Chair.  In law school, she has served as Coordinator for Distance Education, Director of an academic institute, Faculty Advisor for a scholarly journal, and Director of a study abroad program to Costa Rica.  Currently, Professor Cogdell is the Secretary of the Faculty Assembly for the UNC System.



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Contact Information

Office: 122
Phone: 919-530-6618
Fax: 919-530-6339