Cindy Fan, a professor of geography and Asian American studies, was appointed as interim vice provost for international studies on Jan. 1. In this role, she will also direct the International Institute.
A member of the UCLA faculty since 1989, Professor Fan is affiliated with the International Institute’s Center for Chinese Studies and Global Studies interdepartmental program. She has served as associate dean of Social Sciences, director of the Social Science Education in Asia program, chair of the East Asian Studies interdepartmental program, and chair of the Asian American Studies department. External Vice Provost Scott Waugh thanked Professor Randal Johnson for his work as interim vice provost for the past 18 months, and praised Professor Fan.
"Given the paramount importance of international education and engagement to UCLA, Chancellor [Gene] Block and I are very pleased and grateful that Professor Fan has agreed to serve as interim vice provost for three and a half years, through June 30, 2015," Waugh wrote in an announcement. "This will enable our campus to sharpen our international goals and strategies, review our organizational structure and more clearly define the role of the International Institute. She will also work closely with External Affairs as we prepare for UCLA’s centennial campaign. We expect to begin a search for a permanent vice provost in 2014."
Professor Fan’s research focuses on labor migration, marriage migration, spatial and social inequality, gender and cities in China. She is internationally known for her research on the household organization of rural-urban migrants in China. She contributes regularly to The New York Times and other media outlets in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and will soon speak at a conference in Thailand about UCLA’s efforts to cultivate global citizens.