About Us

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) is one of the nation's leading institutes for interdisciplinary research and training on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. In 2010 “Eurasian” was added to our Center’s name in recognition of the extensive cross-disciplinary expertise at U-M on the Caucasus and Central Asia, geographical areas in which CREES has long supported scholarship, teaching, and outreach, and which both complement and extend U-M’s well-known strengths in Russian and Central, East, and Southeast European Studies. CREES is the home of the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies

First designated as a Slavic Language and Area Center in 1959, CREES is currently one of 16 U.S. Department of Education-supported National Resource Centers for this broad world area. Regional strengths include Russia, Central Europe (especially Poland and the Czech and Slovak Republics), Southeastern Europe (notably former Yugoslavia), the Caucasus (particularly Armenia), and Central Asia. CREES is an affiliate of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and a constituent unit of the International Institute.

The Center:

  • Has over 70 outstanding affiliated faculty area specialists and visiting scholars who offer more than 150 courses each year on the business, cultures, demography, economics, history, languages, law, literatures, politics, public policy, and social organization of the region

  • Offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate concentration; undergraduate minors; master's degree; concurrent bachelor's/master's degrees; graduate certificate; and graduate-level dual degree programs with professional schools in business, law, and public policy

  • Administers a range of student funding opportunities, including Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, conference travel awards, and grants to support research and internships in the region

  • Organizes over 50 public events each year such as lectures, conferences, films, and mini-courses, many in collaboration with other U-M units

  • Supports ongoing development of the University's library collections which contain over 780,000 items on the region

  • Serves as a local, state, regional, and national resource for expertise on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, providing instructional and informational services to the community, schools and colleges, media, government, and businesses