In the Spotlight
- Professor of History Ekaterina Pravilova is having a stellar year. Her new book, A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia, has been recognized with many accolades, including three very prestigious book prizes.
- Two experts on Joseph Stalin - one a Marxist philosopher, the other a historian - come together to discuss the Soviet dictator's origins, and his painful mark on history.
- REEES Faculty Associate Kim Lane Scheppele, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow School and the University Center for Human Values, recently penned an article in Politico on Hungary’s crackdown on refugees and how it tactics are shredding the value of democracy
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.