As Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement, Professor Cindy Fan is UCLA’s senior international officer and is responsible for the university’s global strategy, international partnerships and global engagement. She works closely with the UCLA Chancellor’s Office to strengthen the university’s relationships and partnerships all over the world. She also provides strategic leadership for UCLA’s international programs, including overseeing the International Institute and its more than 25 interdisciplinary research centers and degree programs on world regions and global issues.
Prior to her Vice Provost appointment, Cindy Fan served as Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Chair of the East Asian Studies Interdepartmental Program, and Chair of the Asian American Studies Department. She received her PhD from the Ohio State University in 1989, and since then has been a faculty member in the Department of Geography at UCLA.
Professor Fan is internationally known for her research on migration, regional development and gender in China and has published numerous articles. Her book China on the Move: Migration, the State, and the Household (2008) is a pioneering study on rural-urban migration and split households in China. She has co-edited two international, interdisciplinary journals: Regional Studies and Eurasian Geography and Economics. A regular commentator for the New York Times, Professor Fan has been frequently interviewed by the media, including the BBC, China Radio International, National Public Radio, Tavis Smiley, and Bloomberg, and she has given keynotes throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S. She is a recipient of the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, an American Council on Education Fellowship, an Andrew W. Mellon Grant to innovate area and international studies, and major research grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and National Science Foundation.