Kristin Johnson

  • Vice Provost for Global Initiatives
  • Phone: 401.874.5495
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  • Office Location: Taft Hall, Rm 101


Kristin Johnson is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, serving as URI’s Senior International Officer. In this role, she provides leadership in the advancement of internationalization of the university including oversight of international academic partnerships and programs, global outreach and community engagement, study abroad, international student and scholar services, and national student exchange programs.

She joined URI as a faculty member in the Political Science department in 2007. She has served as the Director of the International Studies & Diplomacy Program, Director of the Graduate Program in International Relations, and the interim Co-Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies. She previously was the co-coordinator of the 2016 honors colloquium on inequality and served as the Graduate Assessment Coordinator for the Office for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and URI Graduate School. As a faculty member in the Political Science Department, she taught courses in International Relations, African Politics, Comparative International Development, and International Political Economy in addition to leading study abroad courses in the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

She received the Dean’s Advising Excellence Award from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2020. Her scholarship has appeared in The Lancet: Planetary Health, Surveillance and Society, The Journal of Peace Research, GeoHealth, International Interactions, The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, and Public Opinion Quarterly. She earned her PhD in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University, MA in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University, and BA in Communication Studies from California State University Sacramento.