Russian Studies at Yale University

Welcome to Russian Studies at Yale.  Since we launched this program in January 2015, our goal has been to satisfy the growing interest in Russia on campus - and to generate more - with a range of activities that cover political, economic, social, and cultural matters. This website will become the central repository for information on Russian studies, including courses, research, events, and news throughout the Yale community. It will also introduce you to the scholars doing Russia-related research at Yale and give you an idea of what they are thinking and saying about Russia.

This program builds on Yale’s tradition as one of the leading centers for Russian studies in the United States. At the end of the nineteenth century Joel Sumner Smith, a Yale alumnus (BA 1853) laid the foundations of the library collection in the area, which is now one of the major collections in the United States and Europe. From the 1930’s George Vernadsky, an eminent émigré-scholar, taught Russian history, and from the 1950’s the History Department covered Russian history from the ninth century to the present, one of the first universities in the United States to do so, while the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures became one of the leading centers for the study and teaching of Russian and other Slavic languages and literatures. More recently Yale has also become an important home for the study of Russian and Soviet film. 

Today, Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and twelve professional schools are working on a broad range of Russia-related studies and activities with scholars and experts from the United States, Russia, and elsewhere.  Yale is a meeting place for Americans and Russians in the pursuit of mutual understanding and constructive engagement.

We invite wide participation in the many programs and events we are planning for this academic year.  And we are looking forward to meeting with you as we develop and expand our programs.

The 2016-2017 Steering Committee includes Paul Bushkovitch (History), Douglas Rogers (Anthropology), and Thomas Graham (Jackson Institute for Global Affairs). Please contact them with comments and suggestions on ways we could enhance Russian Studies at Yale.