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Sonia Feigenbaum, Ph.D.

Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Chief International Officer

sfeigenbaum@austin.utexas.edu

Dr. Sonia Feigenbaum serves as the inaugural senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. Since joining UT Austin in 2019, she has advanced and led the rebranding for the Texas Global brand to increase the visibility of the university’s global engagement efforts; restructured and expanded operations to maximize growth; and increased revenue to launch funding initiatives that support transnational faculty teaching and research collaborations, virtual exchanges, global internships, and more.

Dr. Feigenbaum led the vision for the publication of the first university global engagement report and in 2021, UT Austin received the prestigious 2021 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. To date, she has raised funds in excess of $16M to implement on- and off-campus internationalization programs and negotiated new contracts with international partners in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Panama, India, and Saudi Arabia. She also launched major initiatives to bolster transnational research, campus internationalization events, and support for displaced scholars and students.

Before joining UT, Dr. Feigenbaum was the associate vice chancellor for international engagement and global strategies and senior international officer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). While at UNL, Dr. Feigenbaum advanced internationalization by building strategic global partnerships, enhancing globally focused academic programs for students and faculty, and increasing institutional global visibility. She led efforts to expand and better serve international scholars and students, foster greater cross-cultural engagement on campus, and secure external funding to bolster on-campus internationalization efforts. She also launched an initiative to expand students’ global competencies through synchronous collaborative online learning with peers across the globe; developed and implemented new scholarship modes for education abroad opportunities to expand access; and secured funding from the U.S. Department of State, the Stevens Initiative, and the Argentina and German Fulbright Commissions, to name a few.

Prior to joining UNL, Dr. Feigenbaum was associate provost for global engagement at Brown University, director of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions and International and Foreign Languages Divisions at the U.S. Department of Education, and deputy director of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her extensive background in policymaking pertinent to global initiatives spans academia, close to 15 years of service with the federal government where she administered and managed budgets in excess of $250M, as well as work in the nonprofit sector. Dr. Feigenbaum earned her undergraduate degree in music performance (cello) and master’s and doctoral degrees in Spanish from Indiana University, Bloomington.

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