Office of Global Affairs

Our leadership

Jeff Riedinger

Jeffrey Riedinger

Vice Provost for Global Affairs

Dr. 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 the Sustainable Development LL.M. program. He is immediate past-President of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and immediate past-Chair of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

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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 numerous articles, chapters, reviews and monographs.

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.

 

Gayle Christensen

Gayle Christensen

Associate Vice Provost

Dr. Christensen manages global engagement and business operations and directs strategic priorities for the Vice Provost, working collaboratively with colleges, schools and centers across the UW to further their global efforts.

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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.

 

 

Anita Ramasastry

Anita Ramasastry

Senior Advisor, Faculty Global Engagement

Professor Ramasastry leads OGA’s strategic vision for faculty global engagement through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens, fostering global community and advancing key partnerships.

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Anita Ramasastry is the Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law and the Director of the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program at the University of Washington School of Law. She is an expert in the fields of anti-corruption, commercial law, sustainable development and business and human rights. She is one of the leading academics and a pioneer in the field of business and human rights.

She currently serves as a member and past chair of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights, having been appointed as a rapporteur by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2016. Ramasastry is also a founding co-editor in chief of the Business and Human Rights Journal, published by Cambridge University Press. She is the Co-President of the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association and launched its annual research scholars forum.

As of 2019, Ramasastry is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption. She served a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Human Rights from 2012-2016. Ramasastry sits on the advisory boards of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, and Global Witness. In 2022, she has joined Transparency Internationals International Advisory Council In the past she has advised and worked with development organizations including the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Commission, the Commercial Law Development Program of the US Department of Commerce and USAID.

Ramasastry has been recognized by the students as the Philip A. Trautman Professor of the Year on numerous occasions. In 1998, she received the UW Distinguished Teaching Award during her second year of teaching, and in 2002, she received the UW Outstanding Public Service Award for her work focused on domestic violence.

 

Wolfram Latsch

Wolfram Latsch

UW Study Abroad Director

Dr. Latsch oversees the UW’s study abroad programs and student exchanges. He works with faculty, staff, departments and partners to envision, create and promote a wide variety of global opportunities for students.

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An economist by training, Dr. Latsch has taught economics and international studies at the University of Oxford, Northwestern University and at the UW, receiving several teaching awards. His academic expertise is in development economics and economic history, especially of sub-Saharan Africa and Britain. He directed the BA and MA programs in International Studies at the UW’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies where he had appointments as lecturer, professor, and Director of Academic Services until 2018.

A native of Germany, Dr. Latsch holds master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Oxford.

 

Chrishon Blackwell

Chrishon Blackwell

Director of Global Engagement

Chrishon Blackwell spearheads new and existing international initiatives that support global research, teaching, and engagement among UW students, faculty, and staff, building community and creating opportunity.

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Chrishon is a scholar-practitioner in human and organizational behavior. She has spent the last two decades working with international populations from youth to senior-level executives.  Chrishon is TESL/TEFL certified, holds two undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Business Management, a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning in the Executive Leadership Program at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development. As a doctoral student, Chrishon has spent the past several years exploring the connections between cultural competency, comprehensive internationalization, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Chrishon joins OGA from George Washington University, where she oversaw summer at-large initiatives that supported the university’s broader strategic priorities of enhancing student success, retention, diversity, and internationalization.