Position title: Executive Director, Institute for Regional and International Studies
330 Ingraham Hall
Anju Reejhsinghani is the Executive Director of the Institute for Regional and International Studies in the University of Wisconsin-Madison International Division. She was previously a tenured associate professor of history and international studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. At UWSP, she established one of the first for-credit Cuba study abroad programs in the UW System, founded the annual Latin American/Caribbean Speaker Series (which earned a National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association grant), served as a regional expert on U.S.-Cuba relations for local media including for Wisconsin Public Television’s University Place, and developed over a dozen new or significantly revised courses in global, comparative, regional, and ethnic history and studies. While at UWSP, she also served as a UW System Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison.
Dr. Reejhsinghani holds an A.B. in history, summa cum laude, from Princeton University; a diploma in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (U.K.); and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include modern Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations, the Asian and African diasporas in the Americas, and race, gender, and transnational sport, particularly boxing and baseball. She has authored encyclopedia articles and book chapters on African American, Latin American, and Latinx athletes and is completing a book manuscript on the history of Cuban boxing from 1898 to 1962.
Dr. Reejhsinghani has presented her work at academic symposia and conferences in Canada, Finland, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico as well as throughout the continental United States. She is a member of the American Historical Association, World History Association, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, North American Society for Sport History, and North Central Council of Latin Americanists and maintains an honorary expert affiliation with the John Morton Center for North American Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. She is a native English-speaker with near-native fluency in Spanish.