C. Cindy Fan has been appointed UCLA’s vice provost for international studies and global engagement, announced UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott L. Waugh.
Since 2012, Fan served on an interim basis as vice provost for international studies position on an interim basis, providing strategic leadership for UCLA’s international programs and engagement. Highlights of her tenure include a Huron Consulting Group review of the UCLA International Institute; increased leadership diversity for centers and programs within the International Institute; new and diversified international partnerships across continents; the establishment of the UCLA Asia Office in Hong Kong; the creation of self-supporting programs that advance UCLA’s mission; streamlining campus communication about international activities; and fundraising and “friend-raising” around the world on behalf of UCLA.
She also spearheaded a study abroad initiative as a key theme of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA, and she created a UCLA tradition of global forums that engage our overseas alumni, parents, students and supporters.
“Cindy will continue the outstanding work that is already well under way, with broad responsibility for the university’s global strategy and for strategic leadership of UCLA’s International Institute and international programs,” Waugh said. “I have asked Vice Provost Fan to form a campuswide committee to advise her and to help identify priorities for UCLA’s international activities.”
A member of the UCLA faculty since 1989, Fan is professor of geography and Asian American studies. Prior to serving as interim vice provost, she was associate dean of the Division of Social Sciences, chair of the East Asian Studies Interdepartmental Program and chair of the Department of Asian American Studies. She is internationally known for her research on migration and regional development in China, has received major grants from the National Science Foundation and Henry Luce Foundation, has published numerous articles and has co-edited the nternational, interdisciplinary journals Regional Studies and Eurasian Geography and Economics. Her book, “China on the Move: Migration, the State, and the Household” (Routledge Studies in Human Geography, 2008) is a pioneering study of migration and split households.
Fan is a regular commentator for the New York Times and has been frequently interviewed by the media, including the BBC, China Radio International, NPR, Tavis Smiley and Bloomberg News. She has given keynote addresses throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. Fan is the recipient of a UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and an American Council on Education fellowship.