Joanna Regulska

Regulska headshot

Position Title
Vice Provost and Dean

  • Global Affairs
International Center, Suite 3120

With Global Affairs Since

  • 2015

Faculty Position

Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
College of Letters and Science


  • Women’s agency, (dis)placement, political activism, grassroots mobilization, and the construction of political spaces by women within the context of regime change and post-conflict environment
  • Recent collaborative, multi-year NSF funded research examined everyday practices and livelihood strategies of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia
  • Understanding how women engage in transformative practices as political subjects and agents of social change under flexible and ever-changing conditions where instability and unpredictability become a norm
  • Gender dimensions of European integration and on the eastern enlargement of the European Union


M.S., Geography, University of Warsaw, Poland
Ph.D., Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder


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 students, faculty, and staff, for over 30 years. Regulska oversees Global Affairs at UC Davis, where among several initiatives, she leads three visionary priorities: striving to provide all students with valuable global learning experiences before graduation through a  Provost’s Priority  of  Global Education for Allengaging with the UN Sustainable Development Goals as part of UC Davis’ commitment to solving global challenges; and strengthening the university’s global research, education and engagement efforts through  Global Centers. In 2019, she was honored as the  first-ever recipient of the Senior International Officer Award from the  Institute of International Education.  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.