Joanna Regulska

Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor, Global Affairs

Office: International Center

Research Interests

  • Women’s Political Activism
  • Grassroots Mobilization
  • Decentralization
  • Democracy
  • Democratization


Joanna Regulska is a professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, and serves as vice provost and associate chancellor, Global Affairs at the University of California, Davis. Her research concentrates on women’s agency, (dis)placement, political activism, grassroots mobilization, and the construction of political spaces by women within the context of regime change and post-conflict environment. Her recent collaborative, multi-year NSF funded research examined everyday practices and livelihood strategies of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia. She is especially interested in understanding how women engage in transformative practices as political subjects and agents of social change under flexible and ever-changing conditions where instability and unpredictability become a norm. Her work has also focused on gender dimensions of European integration and on the eastern enlargement of the European Union.

She is the author or co-author of seven books and the author of over hundred articles, chapters, and reviews.  In 2011 she received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Tbilisi State University, Georgia. The National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, Ford Foundation, Andrew Mellon among others have supported her research and policy work. With graduate degrees in geography from the University of Warsaw, Poland (MSc) and the University of Colorado, Boulder (PhD) she is a member of numerous advisory boards in the U.S and Europe.

Relevant Research for the Migration Research Cluster



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 “Displacement, State Violence and Gender Roles: The Case of Georgian Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)”, with Beth Mitchneck and Peter Kabachnik, Chapter 9 in Alisse Waterston and Maia Barkaia (eds.), Gender in Georgia, Berghahn Books.


“Les deplaces de Georgie, instruments geopolitiques,” with Peter Kabachnik and Beth Mitchneck. Les Grands Dossiers de Diplomatie. 22:46-52.


"The Multiple Geographies of Internal Displacement: The Case of Georgia,” with Peter Kabachnik and Beth Mitchneck, Refugee Survey Quarterly, 33:1-30.


“Traumatic Masculinities: The Gendered Geographies of Georgian IDPs from Abkhazia” with Peter Kabachnik and Beth Mitchneck. Gender, Place and Culture. 20(6):773-793.


"Displacing Blame: Georgian Internally Displaced Person Perspectives of the Georgian-Abkhazia Conflict,” with Peter Kabachnik and Beth Mitchneck, Ethnopolitics, 11(2):123-140.


“Where and When is Home? with Peter Kabachnik and Beth Mitchneck. Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol.23. No.3.   


“Post” Conflict Displacement: Isolation and Integration in Georgia.” Special Theme Issue, Geographies of Peace and Conflict, with Beth Mitchneck and Olga Mayarova. The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 99(5): 1-11.


“Emigrantka jako Inna” (Emigrant as the Other), in S. Walczewska (ed). Feministki Wlasnym Glosem (Feminists in their own voice). Krakow, Pl: Wydawnictwo eFKA. Pp.75-88.