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Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs

The vice provost for international affairs provides leadership for internationalization efforts at Cornell University.

The vice provost for international affairs and team collaborate with schools, colleges, and units across Cornell campuses to develop, support, and implement plans pertaining to the university’s international dimension and the Global Cornell initiative.

Included in the organizational portfolio are the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, the Office of Global Learning (formerly Cornell Abroad and the International Students and Scholars Office) and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

The vice provost chairs the university's Internationalization Council, comprised of senior leaders representing each of Cornell's colleges and schools. The council is charged with identifying strategic initiatives and setting priorities to advance the Global Cornell initiative. Council members play internationalization leadership roles within their colleges—for example by formulating college-specific ways to globalize the curriculum, by incorporating global perspectives into college strategic plans, and by addressing organizational barriers to internationalization.

The vice provost for international affairs is the university administrator charged with expanding Cornell's international presence. In this capacity the vice provost leads the strategic efforts to establish and develop the university's global centers: the first, in China.

The office establishes policies that promote Cornell’s global agenda and coordinates international agreements, promoting a wide range of global research collaborations and faculty and student exchanges with universities and research institutions around the globe.

The office also welcomes important foreign dignitaries and representatives from international academic institutions to Cornell from all quarters of the world, and prepares briefings for senior administrators when they travel abroad.

International travel plays an important role in the mission of the Global Cornell initiative. Working in unison with the office of Risk Management and Insurance, and Cornell faculty and staff, the office oversees a comprehensive international travel health and safety policy. As the safety of Cornell travelers is a paramount concern, the vice provost for international affairs serves as chair of the university's International Travel Advisory and Response Team.

Who We Are

Laura Spitz

Laura Spitz, Vice Provost for International Affairs

As vice provost, Spitz leads the Global Cornell initiative, which is aimed at strengthening the university’s international dimension. She also oversees a portfolio that includes the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell Abroad, International Students an Scholars Office, Cornell University Press, and Cornell's China Center initiative.

She is also a senior lecturer and the associate dean for international affairs at Cornell Law School. Her academic research focuses on the intersection between international economic law and transnational integration in North America. At the law school, Spitz is the faculty advisor for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and the coach of Cornell's Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration moot team.

Spitz received her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Toronto, her law degree from the University of British Columbia, and her JSD from Cornell Law School.

Nishi Dhupa

Nishi Dhupa, Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs, and Executive Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

As associate vice provost, Dhupa works closely with the vice provost, the Internationalization Council, and the directors of the Einaudi Center and Cornell Abroad, to advance the priorities of Global Cornell. Her work focuses on aligning infrastructure to support the international activities of faculty and students, increasing coordination of internationalization efforts across campus, and improving student access to global experiences by addressing financial and informational barriers.

She is also executive director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, where she handles administrative oversight for the center and its 10 area- and thematic-studies programs.

Dhupa holds a bachelor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Nairobi and is a diplomate of the American Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

David R. Lee

David R. Lee, Provost’s Fellow for Internationalization

As provost's fellow, Lee works with faculty and staff across the university’s colleges and schools to promote Cornell’s global strategy.

He is also international professor in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Lee's teaching and research focus mainly on the interface between economic development, agriculture, and the environment. He has conducted research or consulted in nearly 30 countries, principally in Latin America, but also in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Lee has served as an economic consultant and technical advisor for organizations including the World Bank, United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, United Nations Development Program, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Lee received his bachelor of arts from Amherst College, and master of arts and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Chris Cook, Manager of International Travel Health and Safety

Linda Copman, Writer

Laurie Damiani, Director of International Affairs

Sheri Englund, Communication Strategist for the Office of Global Learning

Tyler Johnson, Executive Staff Assistant

Christine Potter, Director of Global Cornell Initiatives

Judith Small, Administrator

Jeri Wall, Director of Communication

Donna Wilczynski, Administrative Staff Assistant