C. Cindy Fan

Interim Vice Provost - International Studies
Department: Geography
1255 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Campus Mail Code: 152403
Phone: 310-825-4921
Email: cfan@international.ucla.edu

Keywords: China, Asia

Cindy Fan is Interim Vice Provost for International Studies at UCLA.  As Vice Provost, she directs the International Institute that comprises close to 30 interdisciplinary centers and degree programs on world regions and global issues.  She also has broad responsibility over the university’s global strategy, international partnerships and agreements, and engagement with international dignitaries.  Prior to her Vice Provost appointment, Cindy Fan had served as Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Chair of the East Asian Studies Interdepartmental Program, and Chair of the Asian American Studies Department.  She received her PhD at the Ohio State University in 1989, and since then has been a professor in the Department of Geography at UCLA. 

Funded by several National Science Foundation and Luce Foundation grants, Cindy Fan’s research focuses on labor migration, marriage migration, spatial and social inequality, gender, and cities in China.  She has published numerous articles in flagship journals.  Her book China on the Move: Migration, the State, and the Household (2008) is a pioneering study that integrates both institutional and household perspectives to explain sustained and large-scale migration that splits families for years and even decades.  Her current projects focus on migrants’ household organization and new-generation migrants.

A frequent keynote speaker around the world, Cindy Fan has been a co-editor of two international and interdisciplinary journals: Regional Studies and Eurasian Geography and Economics.  She regularly writes commentaries for the New York Times and has been interviewed by the BBC, China Radio International, National Public Radio, Tavis Smiley, and other media outlets. She holds a Visiting Professorship at Beijing Normal University.   She has received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to innovate area and international studies, and was recently selected to be an American Council on Education Fellow.