Joanna Regulska with student shadow Melanie Montoya

Vice Provost and Dean Joanna Regulska Biography

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Vice Provost and Dean of Global Affairs

Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

With Global Affairs since September 2015

Joanna Regulska, vice provost and dean of Global Affairs and professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies at the University of California, Davis, has led large-scale programs that transform institutions, establish collaborative partnerships and substantially improve globally focused services for over 30 years.

Regulska oversees Global Affairs at UC Davis, where she strives to provide all students with global learning experiences through a Provost’s Priority of Global Education for All; engage faculty, staff and students with the UN Sustainable Development Goals as part of UC Davis’ commitment to solving global challenges; and help promote understanding and address global inequities.

Regulska serves on the board of directors for NAFSA: Association of International Educators as the vice president for public policy and practice. In 2022, she was honored with the Charles Klasek Award for outstanding service to the field of international higher education from the Association of International Education Administrators. In 2021, Regulska was named an inaugural member of the National Academy for International Education, the first learned society of its kind made up of distinguished leaders from around the world. In 2019, she was honored with the first-ever Senior International Officer Award from the Institute of International Education. 

Regulska’s work at Global Affairs has helped UC Davis attain several prominent awards. In 2020 and 2021, UC Davis tied for first among universities in the nation for its inclusiveness, diversity and internationalization in the annual QS USA University Rankings. In 2020, UC Davis earned the APLU’s Platinum Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research and Engagement and NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Campus Internationalization.

A respected scholar, Regulska’s research concentrates on women’s political activism, grassroots mobilization, decentralization, democracy and democratization, with a focus on Europe and the Caucasus. She is the author and co-author of eight books and over 100 articles and chapters. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, European Commission, Ford Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Andrew Mellon Foundation and other funding agencies. In recognition of her exceptional career, Regulska received the 2022 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.

About Global Affairs at UC Davis

Global Affairs brings the world to UC Davis, welcoming more than 10,000 international students, scholars and leaders, and hosting programs that inspire global curiosity, understanding and engagement. Compelled by the valuable outcomes of thinking globally, we make transformative opportunities a reality by supporting the thousands of students and faculty learning and researching internationally—and by facilitating collaborations that tackle the world’s most pressing challenges through more than 150 global partnerships.

Putting our vision of a UC Davis community that engages, thrives, and leads in this interconnected world into action, Global Affairs is in pursuit of an ambitious goal: Global Education for All.