In the Spotlight
For several decades the Russian studies program at Princeton has helped make the University one of the world’s leading centers for Russia-area teaching and research. Alumni of the program include government officials, entrepreneurs, renowned academics, and university presidents. While the first undergraduate certificate in Russian studies was awarded in 1963, the program was established in 1961, shortly after the introduction of Slavic languages to the Princeton curriculum and concurrently with the escalating Cold War. The late Cyril Black, emeritus James S. McDonnell Distinguished Professor of History and International Affairs, was instrumental in its founding. Keeping pace with global developments, the program's geographic scope has expanded over the years. Currently, in addition to the history and geography of Russia, it now includes New Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. To reflect these changes, in 2013 the program’s name was changed to the Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES). In 2012, Serguei Oushakine, associate professor of anthropology and Slavic languages and literatures, was named director. Past directors include Robert Tucker, Stephen Cohen, Gilbert Rozman, Stephen Kotkin, and Michael Gordin. REEES is an affiliate of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.