Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs
The vice provost for international affairs provides strategic leadership for global engagement and internationalization at Cornell University.
The vice provost for international affairs oversees and manages Cornell’s global partnerships; and supports, facilitates and coordinates global activities for colleges, faculty, staff and students, including risk assessment, and travel health and safety.
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), the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and the Cornell China Center in Beijing, as well as the university’s China Advisory Board.
The vice provost chairs the university’s Internationalization Council, the International Gift Review Committee, the International Travel and Response Team and the provost’s Working Group on Public and Global Activities. The vice provost partners with units and divisions across the university, including the Center for Teaching Innovation, University Relations, Information Technologies, Alumni Affairs and Development, and the Office of Engagement Initiatives.
Who We Are
Wendy Wolford, Vice Provost for International Affairs
Wolford is the Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Global Development in the Department of Development Sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Her research includes work on international development, land use and distribution, social mobilization, agrarian societies and critical ethnography.
As vice provost for international affairs, she focuses on strengthening the university’s many global connections and interdisciplinary initiatives.
At Cornell since 2010, Wolford has served as the faculty director for economic development at the David R. Atkinson Center, where she co-led CARE-Cornell and Oxfam-Cornell collaborations. She was co-leader of a three-year theme project on contested global landscapes at Cornell’s Institute for the Social Sciences.
Wolford received her bachelor of arts in economics and international development from McGill University (1994) and her PhD (2001) in geography from the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining Cornell, she was a faculty member in geography at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2001-2010) and a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University (2004-2005). She spent 2016-2017 as a Fulbright scholar in Mozambique and Portugal, and she is currently working on a book on the politics of inequality and rural development in Brazil and Mozambique.
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, 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 PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ying Hua, Director, Cornell China Center
As director of the Cornell China Center, Hua works to further craft and execute the university’s China strategy and provide academic and programmatic direction for the new center in Beijing. She chairs the China Center Faculty Steering Committee and works closely with the Cornell China Advisory Board. She also will partner with OVPIA staff and the center’s executive director to coordinate and support college- and unit-level activity in the center, and administer research and other grants for China engagement.
Hua is an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis in the College of Human Ecology. She is a faculty fellow of Cornell’s David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, a core faculty member of the Cornell East Asia Program of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and co-director of Cornell’s International Workplace Studies Program. At Cornell, she is a member of the graduate fields of design and environmental analysis and of real estate. She also is a member of China's Green Building Council.
Hua holds a Ph.D. in building performance and diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.Eng. in building science and technology and a B.Arch., both from Zhejiang University, China.
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, Executive Director of Global Operations
Judith Small, Administrator
Jeri Wall, Director of Communication
Donna Wilczynski, Administrative Staff Assistant