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Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies


  • Eugene Raikhel

Associate Director

  • Esther Peters

Outreach and Campus Programs Coordinator

  • Matthew T. Weflen


  • Patrick Bergemann - Booth School of Business
  • Robert Bird - Slavic Languages & Literatures, Cinema & Media Studies and the College
  • Philip Bohlman – Music and Committee on Jewish Studies
  • John W. Boyer – History and the College
  • Margareta Ingrid Christian - Germanic Studies
  • Leah Feldman - Comparative Literature
  • Sheila Fitzpatrick – History (Emerita)
  • Cornell Fleischer - Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, History and the College
  • Victor Friedman - Linguistics and the College (Emeritus)
  • Susan Gal – Anthropology, Linguistics and the College
  • Anastasia Giannakidou – Linguistics and the College
  • Eleonor Gilburd - History
  • Tom Ginsburg – Law School
  • Andreas Glaeser - Sociology
  • Lenore Grenoble - Linguistics and the College
  • Jonathan M. Hall – History, Classics and the College
  • Faith Hillis – History and the College
  • Leyla Ismayilova – School of Social Service Administration
  • Matthew Jesse Jackson - Art History, Visual Arts, and the College
  • Walter E. Kaegi – History and the College (Emeritus)
  • Hakan Karateke – Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
  • Darryl Li - Anthropology, Law School, and the College
  • Boris Maslov – Comparative Literature and the College
  • John J. Mearsheimer - Political Science and the College
  • Paul Mendes-Flohr - Divinity School
  • Jason Merchant – Linguistics and the College
  • Monika Nalepa - Political Science and the College
  • William Nickell – Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • James Osborne - Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
  • Charles Payne – School of Social Services Administration
  • John Perry - Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (Emeritus)
  • Eric Posner – Law School
  • Marta Ptaszynska - Music
  • Eugene Raikhel - Comparative Human Development and the College
  • Bozena Shallcross - Slavic Languages & Literatures and the College
  • Holly Shissler – Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
  • Olga Solovieva - Comparative Literature and the College
  • Konstantin Sonin - Harris School of Public Policy
  • Malynne Sternstein - Slavic Languages & Literatures and the College
  • Anna Elena Torres - Comparative Literature
  • Yuri Tsivian – Art History, Slavic, Cinema & Media Studies, Comparative Literature and the College
  • Robert Ward Vishny – Booth School of Business
  • John E. Woods – History, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and the College
  • Alan Yu – Linguistics and the College
  • Tara Zahra – History and the College


  • Helga Anetshofer – Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and the College
  • Kagan Arik - Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and the College
  • Mark Baugher - Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Irena Cajkova - Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Hripsime Haroutunian – Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and the College
  • Erik Houle - Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Angelina Ilieva - Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Larisa Jašarević – Program in International Studies
  • James A. Johnson - Anthropology
  • Owen Kohl - Global Studies Program
  • James Leitzel - Public Policy Studies and the College
  • Sasha Lindskog - Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Nada Petkovic-Djordjevic - Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Valentina Pichugin - Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Diane P. Wood – Law School

Library Personnel

  • Megan Browndorf – Slavic and East European Collections, Regenstein Library

Other Affiliates

  • Leonid Gavrilov - NORC
  • Natalia Gavrilova - NORC
  • Natalia Tamarina – School of Medicine
  • Tasha Vorderstrasse - Oriental Institute

The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES) is an interdivisional center which promotes the study of, and research about, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The University of Chicago has been providing instruction in disciplines of the CEERES region continuously since 1903, when courses in Russian language and area studies were begun. The center now known as CEERES has been in existence since 1965, and it continues to coordinate instruction and facilitate research about Russia/Eurasia and Eastern/Central Europe, including the Baltic States, the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

In addition to its robust language offerings, CEERES supports curricula which are particularly strong in Russian/Soviet history; Slavic, Balkan, and Caucasian linguistics; nationalities studies of the former USSR; Slavic literatures (Russian, Polish, Czech, Balkan); Russian and East European cultural anthropology; comparative literature; Russian and East European film and art history; and business administration. CEERES affiliated faculty have expertise also in political science, international relations, economics, sociology, and Central and Eastern European, Byzantine, and Ottoman history. The center does not itself offer a separate master’s degree; however, it does administer a joint A.M./M.B.A. degree through the Division of the Social Sciences in conjunction with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The faculty members that teach and do research in the CEERES area are supported by one of the best libraries in the country.

CEERES has a mission to disseminate information about and increase knowledge of a vast and diverse region of the world. We have a firm commitment to scholarship within the university community that extends to outreach to the greater Chicago community, the nation, and the world. We fulfill our mission through conferences, workshops, and seminars, including close collaboration with the Council on Advanced Studies workshops; by providing curricular support and administering Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships; by organizing teacher training workshops and assisting in developing CEERES-focused curricula for K-12 and community college instruction; and by hosting concerts and cultural programming, including music and dance performances, films, and art exhibits open to the general public. We have recently launched a new project with the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, an author series called A CEERES of Voices, promoting literature and scholarship about the CEERES region or by authors from the CEERES region. We publicize our activities at our website (, through weekly e-bulletins sent through our listserv, and through East From Chicago, a multimedia blog covering events and issues related to Russian and East European Studies at the University of Chicago (