Vice Provost & Dean
268 Bascom Hall
The Vice Provost and Dean of the International Division provides leadership across the University of Wisconsin-Madison for international education and engagement, and for strategic planning and coordination in this area. The Vice Provost and Dean promotes faculty collaboration and initiatives in international teaching, research, and outreach.
The Vice Provost and Dean serves as the Senior International Education Officer for the university and as the Dean of the International Division, which includes oversight responsibilities for the Institute for Regional and International Studies, International Academic Programs (study abroad), International Internship Program, Office of International Projects, and International Safety and Security Office. Additionally, Podestá oversees and coordinates the process of signing or renewing agreements between UW–Madison and institutions outside of the United States.
Prior to his current role, Podestá served as associate dean of international studies. A professor and former chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, he previously directed the university’s program in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies.
Since joining UW-Madison in 1987, Podestá has received numerous awards, including a Romnes Faculty Fellowship, a resident fellowship from the Institute for Research in the Humanities, and a senior fellowship from the American Council for Learned Societies.
Podestá received his doctoral and master’s degrees in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Minnesota, and his bachelor’s degree in literature from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Perú.
He has published four books and several academic essays in his area of expertise, Latin American literature, cinema, and cultures.