Joanna Regulska, Ph.D.regulska-picture

Vice Provost and Dean of Global Affairs

Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

With Global Affairs since September 2015

Joanna Regulska is the vice provost and dean of Global Affairs at the University of California, Davis, where she also is a professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. 

For more than three decades Regulska has led large-scale programs that have transformed institutions, established collaborative partnerships, and substantially improved globally focused services for students, faculty, and staff—and has raised more than $9 million in public and private project support. 

At UC Davis, Regulska oversees Global Affairs, the university’s central global office, where among several initiatives, she is leading three visionary priorities: striving to provide all students with valuable global learning experiences before graduation through a UC Davis Provost’s Priority of Global Education for All; engaging with the UN Sustainable Development Goals as part of UC Davis’ strong 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 (SIO) Award from the Institute of International Education (IIE). 

As Rutgers University’s first vice president for international and global affairs, Regulska led a major effort to build the first centralized office: the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. In 2014, Rutgers earned NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Award for comprehensive internationalization. In 2013, Regulska received the Fulbright U.S.-Korea International Education Administrator Award.

Regulska founded the Local Democracy Partnership Program and serves on the Founder Board of The Foundation in Support of Local Democracy, the largest NGO in Poland. In recognition of her work, the President of Poland awarded Regulska the Cavalier Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (1996), the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Restitution of the Republic of Poland (2004), and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2014).

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 or co-author of seven books, author of over 100 articles, chapters and reviews, and member of numerous advisory boards. 

A commitment to diversity, social justice, and the empowerment of women led Regulska to establish graduate degree programs in gender studies at the Central European University (Hungary) and Tbilisi State University (Georgia).

Regulska earned her master’s degree from the University of Warsaw, Poland and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received a Doctor Honoris Causa from Tbilisi State University, Georgia (2011).

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.