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Southeast European Studies

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) and International Institute jointly inaugurated the Southeast European studies program and fundraising effort in 1995 with support from an alumnus specializing on the region. The initiative assures the preservation and strengthening of the study of Yugoslavia, its successor states, and the region's other former communist countries at the University of Michigan.

Housed at CREES, the program supports a range of public events, including conferences, lectures, panel discussions, and film screenings, often in cooperation with the Center for European Studies (CES). In previous years, it undertook projects to assist libraries in Bosnia and awarded Fred Cuny Fellowships in Southeast European Studies to incoming U-M graduate students focusing their studies on the region. The program has also supported topical mini-courses, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language instruction and student research visits and internships in the region.


The following CREES-affiliated faculty, research associates, and staff contribute to the University of Michigan's training, research, and outreach activities in Southeast European studies. For more information, see CREES People.

University of Michigan Faculty

Aleksic, Tatjana:  Slavic Languages & Literatures, Comparative Literature
Ballinger, Pamela: History
Branch, John:  Business
Chamberlin, Jeremiah:  English
Eagle, Herbert J.:  Slavic Languages & Literatures, Residential College
Fine, John V. A.:  History (Emeritus)
Hagen, Gottfried:  Near Eastern Studies
Herscher, Andrew:  Architecture & Urban Planning, Slavic Languages & Literatures
King, Elizabeth: Health Behavior & Health Education
Kodjebacheva, Gergana: Health Science and Administration, University of Michigan, Flint
Lambropoulos, Vassilios:  Classics, Comparative Literature
Lemon, Alaina:  Anthropology
Leontis, Artemis:  Classical Studies, Modern Greek
Levitsky, Melvyn:  Public Policy
Poskovic, Endi:  Art & Design
Rosic, Marija:  Slavic Languages & Literatures
Trandafirescu, Anca:  Architecture
Zimmerman, William:  Political Science, Center for Political Studies (Emeritus)


Through CREES, students wishing to focus on Southeastern Europe may do so within interdisciplinary bachelor's, master's, and graduate certificate programs in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies. They may also emphasize the region in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in anthropology, business, comparative literature, economics, history, law, natural resources, political science, public policy, Slavic languages and literatures, and sociology.


The University of Michigan offers an array of courses addressing Southeast European culture, history, language, politics, and society (see below). For offerings in specific terms, see CREES courses.

  • Architecture 603 - Seminar in Architectural History: Technologies of Memory
  • First and Second Year Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
  • BCS 436 - Modern Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Literature
  • BCS 439 - Directed Reading of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Literature
  • Comparative Literature 771 - Vampiric Nations: Or When Is It Dying Already
  • History 318 - Europe in the Era of Total War, 1870-1945
  • History 408 - Byzantine Empire, 284-867
  • History 409 - Byzantine Empire, 867-1453
  • History 430 - History of the Balkans from the 6th Century to 1878
  • History 431 - History of the Balkans Since 1878
  • History 625 - Studies in Balkan History
  • History 626 - Studies in Byzantine History
  • REEES 396 - East Central Europe: Nationalism, Socialism, Democracy
  • REEES 397 - Communism and Capitalism in Eastern Europe
  • Slavic 151 - First-Year Seminar (e.g., Myth and History in Contemporary Balkan Literature, Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Short Fiction)
  • Slavic 471 - Seminar in the Cultural Studies of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe

Mini-Courses in Southeast European Studies

  • 2007: Ethnicity and Violence in Former Yugoslavia, Herbert J. Eagle
  • 2005: The Bosnian War and the Dayton Agreement, Robert J. Donia
  • 2005: Psychosocial Consequences of War: A Bosnia Case Study, Bonnie Miller

Supporting Southeast European Studies at the University of Michigan

The SEES Endowment Fund is used to support Southeast European studies at the University of Michigan. Gifts will support instruction in the Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language; programming initiatives such as lectures, conferences, symposia, and film series; student fellowships in Southeast European studies; and approved projects that ensure the continued advancement of a deeper understanding of the people, culture, and politics of the region. Please review the various options for making a gift.

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