Sonia Feigenbaum’s Bio

Dr. Sonia Feigenbaum serves as UT Austin’s inaugural senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. Since her arrival in Spring 2019, Dr. Feigenbaum has collaborated with colleagues across campus to lead the rebranding of Texas Global and reposition global engagement as a driver for UT Austin’s mission to educate, research, and serve. In her short tenure, she has secured funding in excess of $8M from government and nonprofit organizations for projects to be implemented on campus and abroad. Additionally, she restructured all operations and incorporated the Global Innovation Lab to Texas Global. She launched the Texas Global Virtual Exchange initiative to advance collaborative learning across borders via digital technologies.

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 built strategic partnerships, enhanced globally focused academic programs, and increased 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 collaborative international online learning; implemented new scholarships modes for education abroad to expand access; and secured funding from the U.S. Department of State, Stevens Initiative, Argentina and German Fulbright Commissions.  Dr. Feigenbaum has also served as associate provost for global engagement at Brown University where she has raised $1.5 Million from the Korea Foundation, Ministry of Education of Taiwan and the French government.

Dr. Feigenbaum also served as Director of the Hispanic- and Minority-Serving Institution and in the International and Foreign Languages Divisions at the U.S. Department of Education. She was at the National Endowment for the Humanities as Deputy Director of Public Programs and Senior Program Officer in the Division of Education Programs. Her background spans academia, close to 15 years of service and policymaking with the federal government where she administered and managed budgets in excess of $250M as well as work in the nonprofit sector. She is natively fluent in French and Spanish and proficient in Italian, Portuguese, Russian. She is currently studying Korean. Dr. Feigenbaum earned her undergraduate degree in music performance (cello) and master’s and doctoral degrees in Spanish from Indiana University, Bloomington. She also holds an executive certificate in non-profit management from Georgetown University.