Women’s agency, women’s political activism, non-governmental organizations, grassroots mobilization, citizen’s participation, decentralization reforms, central and eastern Europe, European Union, gender policies, human displacement, crises in Georgia, internally displaced persons, international education.
Joanna Regulska, Ph.D, is a professor of women’s and gender studies, and vice president of international and global affairs. In her role as vice president, Joanna oversees the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs at the university, which works through four pillars: Global Education, Global Programs, Global Relations, and Global Services.
She has written extensively on women’s political participation, and on the process of democratization, citizens’ participation, and decentralization in central and east Europe. Her current research focuses on the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Georgia, as a result of the conflict with Russia, and their everyday practices and livelihood strategies of survival.
Regulska has published more than 90 articles and chapters, and has presented more than 100 papers at national and international meetings of learned societies. Her books include: From Cold War to the EU: Women and Gender in Contemporary Europe: From Cold War to European Union with Bonnie Smith (Routledge, 2012); Cooperation or Conflict: State, the European Union and Women with Fuszara, M., Grabowska, M., and J. Mizielinska (WAP 2008, in Polish); Women and Citizenship in Central and East Europe with Jasmina Lukic and Darja Zavirsek (Ashgate Publisher, UK, 2006); Being Effective in Public Life (Wydawnictwo OSKA, 1999); Being Active in Public Life (Wydawnictwo OSKA, 1998); and Informational Policy at the Local Level (1995, 2nd edition 1997).
Regulska has served as an advisor to governments and parliaments of central and east European countries regarding local government, public administration reforms, and decentralization processes. She is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Distinguished Public Service (1996) from Rutgers University. The President of Poland recognized her contributions to democracy building process and empowerment of women by awarding her the Cavalier Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (1996) and the Knight Cross of the Order of Restitution of the Republic of Poland (2004). In 2011, she received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Tbilisi State University, the Republic of Georgia, in recognition of the importance of her research and work in area of women’s and gender studies.