Dr. Joanna Regulska is a Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and Geography, and the Dean of the Office of International Programs, School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers. She is the founder and director, since 1989, of the Local Democracy Partnership (formerly Local Democracy in Poland) Program. Most of her research and teaching concentrates on women’s agency, political activism, grassroots mobilization and construction of women’s political spaces. She has also conducted extensive work on the impacts of political and economic restructuring on the process of democratization, citizens’ participation and decentralization in central and eastern Europe. Her current project with Dr. Beth Mitchneck, funded by the NSF focuses on everyday practices and livelihood strategies of the internally displaced people (IDPs) in Georgia. Dr. Regulska has published over 90 articles, chapters and reports. The Ford Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Rockefeller Brothers and the Pew Charitable Trusts among others have funded her research, activism and policy work. She is an author and co-author of five books, most recently Women and Citizenship in Central and East Europe Jasmina Lukic and Darja Zavirsek, (Ashgate Publisher, UK 2006). Currently she is completing several collaborative book manuscripts: Shaping Women’s Agenda and Public Discourses in the Enlarged Europe (in English); Cooperation or Conflict: State, the European Union and Women (in Polish) and with B. Smith, Reinventing Gender of Europe. For her contributions to the development of local democracy, local government reform and empowerment of women in public life she has been awarded, by the President of Poland, in 2004 the Knight Cross of the Order of Restitution of the Republic of Poland and in 1996 The Cavalier Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
Areas of Expertise: Women's Agency, Displacement, Political Space, Caucasus, Central and East Europe