Sonia Feigenbaum, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Chief International Officer
Dr. Feigenbaum began her tenure as the inaugural senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer in February 2019. During her first year, she led efforts with stakeholders across campus and beyond to create the Texas Global brand, a comprehensive vision for international engagement at UT and she restructured global engagement operations to maximize growth, streamline processes, and create a wholistic approach to internationalization. She also 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 $14M to implement on- and off-campus internationalization programs, she negotiated new contracts with international partners, launched major initiatives to bolster transnational research, international internships and virtual exchanges, and she created new or deepened existing strategic partnerships with institutions abroad.
Before joining UT, she 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 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, Stevens Initiative, 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.