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Russian Studies

In the years since Russian language instruction was introduced in 1910, the University of Michigan has become renowned as a leading center for research and training in Russian studies. Study of the Russian Empire, Soviet Union, and the current-day Russian Federation and other Soviet successor states remains central to CREES's mission. CREES organizes lectures, conferences, film series, and other programs to complement the extensive array of Russia-focused courses offered each year by over 30 U-M area specialists whose research interests range from witchcraft in pre-Petrine Russia to Stalin's gulags to contemporary Russian culture, politics, and energy issues. Recent major CREES programs focusing on Russia include Rosenberg’s Russia (2010) and Ann Arbor in Russian Literature: Revisiting the Carl R. Proffer and Ardis Legacies (2013). To facilitate on-site activities of students and faculty, CREES collaborates with various institutions in the Russian Federation.


The following CREES-affiliated faculty, research associates, and staff contribute to the University of Michigan's prominence in Russian studies.

University of Michigan Faculty

Anderson, Barbara A.: Sociology
Aristarkhova, Irina: Art & Design, Art History, Women’s Studies
Brader, Ted: Political Science
Branch, John: Business
Eagle, Herbert J.: Slavic Languages & Literatures, Residential College
Genné, Beth: Music, Theatre & Dance; Residential College
Gitelman, Zvi Y.: Political Science, Judaic Studies (Emeritus)
Greene, Arthur: Music, Theatre & Dance
Hell, Julia: Germanic Languages & Literatures
Humesky, Assya: Slavic Languages & Literatures (Emeritus)
Jones, Pauline: Political Science
Kandogan, Yener: Management, University of Michigan, Flint
King, Elizabeth: Health Behavior & Health Education
Khagi, Sofya: Slavic Languages & Literatures
Kivelson, Valerie A.: History
Knysh, Alexander: Near Eastern Studies
Krutikov, Mikhail
: Slavic Languages & Literatures, Judaic Studies
Lemon, Alaina: Anthropology
Levitsky, Melvyn: Public Policy
Maiorova, Olga: Slavic Languages & Literatures
Makin, Alina: Slavic Languages & Literatures, Residential College
Makin, Michael: Slavic Languages & Literatures
Markel, Howard: Medicine, History
Matjias, Christian: Music, Theatre & Dance
Mendeloff, Kate: Residential College
Newell, Josh: Natural Resources & Environment
Northrop, Douglas: History, Near Eastern Studies
Paloff, Benjamin: Slavic Languages & Literatures, Comparative Literature
Rogovyk, Svitlana: Slavic Languages & Literatures
Rosenberg, William G.: History (Emeritus)
Shevoroshkin, Vitalij V.: Linguistics, Slavic Languages & Literatures (Emeritus)
Shkolnik, Nina: Slavic Languages & Literatures
Suny, Ronald G.: History
Swanson, Eric: Philosophy
Toman, Jindrich: Slavic Languages & Literatures
Veidlinger, Jeffrey: History/Judaic Studies
Zhukov, Yuri M.: Political Science
Zimmerman, William: Political Science, Center for Political Studies (Emeritus)

Library Staff: Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Division

Nieubuurt, Brendan J.
Snyder, Beth E.


Students wishing to specialize in Russian studies have several options. Through CREES, students may focus on Russia within interdisciplinary bachelor's, master's, and graduate certificate programs in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies. Through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, they may pursue an undergraduate minor in Russian language, literature, and culture; bachelor's degree in Russian; and master's and doctoral degrees in Slavic languages and literatures. Students may also emphasize Russian studies in undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs in anthropology, business, comparative literature, economics, history, law, natural resources, political science, public policy, and sociology.


Each year the University of Michigan offers over 60 courses on Russian culture, economics, film, history, language, literature, politics, and society. For offerings in specific terms, see CREES courses.

Study Abroad: Through the Center for Global and Intercultural Study, U-M students can earn in-residence credit for semester- or academic-year study with the Middlebury College program (Moscow, Yaroslavl, and Irkutsk), and CIEE (St. Petersburg).

Supporting Russian Studies at the University of Michigan

Gifts to the CREES Endowment will support Russia-focused courses, lectures, conferences, film screenings, and other programs, as well as student awards for research and internships in Russia. Please review the various options for making a gift.

For more information, contact Marysia Ostafin by email ( or phone (734.647.2237).