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Vice Provost Jeffrey Riedinger

Jeff RiedingerDr. Riedinger has leadership and administrative responsibility for the University’s diverse global programming including support for international research, study abroad, student and faculty exchanges, and overseas centers. He also serves on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Law, and is a member of the Board of Directors for NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

An expert on the political economy of land reform, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, Vice Provost Riedinger has carried out research in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Middle East. He has conducted briefings on foreign aid, land reform and other development issues for members of the White House staff, state department and USAID personnel, members of Congress, the World Bank, non-governmental organizations and private foundations. His publications include two books and more than 30 articles, chapters, reviews and monographs. Most recently, he co-authored an article featured in China Economic Review.

A native of Washington, Dr. Riedinger earned a Juris Doctorate from the UW School of Law as well as master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University. He previously served as Dean of International Studies and Programs and faculty member at Michigan State University.

Associate Vice Provost Gayle Christensen

Gayle Christensen

Dr. Christensen manages global initiatives and directs strategic priorities for the Vice Provost, working collaboratively with colleges, schools and centers across the University of Washington to further their global efforts.

As an expert in comparative education, Dr. Christensen has served as a consultant and researcher in the U.S. and abroad for organizations including the World Bank, Urban Institute and the Bertelsmann Foundation. Her recent research has focused on the global reach of Massive Open Online Courses and has appeared in such publications as Nature and The Atlantic and online at Slate. Her research has been featured across major media outlets including Harvard Business ReviewThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThe New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Prior to coming to the UW, Dr. Christensen spent a decade working in international education. At the University of Pennsylvania, she served as the inaugural Executive Director for Penn Global. There, she developed a range of initiatives aimed at strengthening Penn’s global engagement. As an adjunct faculty member, she taught a seminar on comparative higher education policy. She holds a master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a master’s and doctoral degree from Stanford University.

UW Study Abroad Director Peter Moran

Peter MoranDr. Moran directs UW Study Abroad, an office of international education professionals. UW Study Abroad manage approximately 80 active direct exchanges with international partner universities and up to 100 faculty-led study programs each year.

A cultural anthropologist who lived and worked in Nepal for many years, Dr. Moran’s academic interests include national culture(s) in South Asia, tourism and the anthropology of religion. He earned a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Washington in 1999 based on his Fulbright-sponsored research conducted in Nepal in 1993 – 1994.

Before coming to the UW in 2009, Dr. Moran served as executive director of the binational Fulbright Commission in Nepal for four years. From 1999 to 2005, he created and directed study abroad programs serving American undergraduates in Kathmandu for Trinity College, the International Honors Program (affiliated with Boston University) and the School for International Training.