Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies serves as the focal point at the University of California at Berkeley for students and faculty who conduct research and teaching on the geographic region of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Currently the Institute has 45 core UCB faculty members and over 150 affiliated graduate students. Read more...

Report on the State of Russian Studies in the US

In January 2015, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) commissioned a study, with support provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, to assess the state of the research and graduate training on Russia in US-based academic institutions.  The study, carried out from January through April by Professor Ted Gerber at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, included the following components:  an institutional survey of 36 US-based universities that provide graduate-level training in Russian studies, an individual survey of 660 researchers who have conducted work on Russia during the last five years, qualitative interviews of nine current and former US government officials and scholars who work in think tanks, foundations, and networks that focus on Russia in Washington DC, and qualitative case studies of four institutions recognized to be among the top centers for graduate training in Russia-related research.

ISEEES served as one of the four case studies, where Professor Gerber interviewed faculty and graduate students on campus. The other three case studies were: the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, REEI at Indiana University, and the Davis Center at Harvard University. ASEEES thanks Professor Gerber for conducting the study and authoring a thorough and insightful report. ASEEES is grateful to the Carnegie Corporation for the funding support; to Deana Arsenian at CCNY and the project’s Advisory Committee members for guidance, advice, and feedback; and to ASEEES members and other individuals who participated in the institutional and individual surveys and who agreed to be interviewed for the qualitative phase of the project.

Click here to read the full report.

"Eurasian Geopolitics" Blog by Edward W. Walker

ISEEES' own Edward W. Walker has started his own blog to keep up with the affairs happening throughout Eurasia. Current entries have been focusing on the events in Ukraine. If you would like to read about Ukraine at greater depth, please click here to see what Professor Walker has to say about the situation.