Director's Welcome

  • From the Director

    Stephen NorrisWelcome to the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. The Center was established in 2000 as the result of a generous bequest from Walter E. Havighurst. We have a tremendous core of faculty engaged in research and teaching; an annual Young Researchers conference; weekly colloquia lectures with outside speakers; and opportunities for post-doctoral fellowships. The Center also provides funding for other university initiatives in this area. Undergraduate students interested in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies have opportunities for study abroad scholarships, fellowships in the Havighurst Center, and intensive one-on-one Russian practice.

    Please be in touch if you have any questions at
    Stephen Norris, Director

Undergraduate Fellows

  • Interested in becoming a Dawisha Fellow?

    Are you a Miami University student interested in majoring in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies? Take a look at the requirements and application process to become a Havighurst Center Dawisha Fellow. 

    Havighurst Center Dawisha Fellowship 

  • Emily Erdmann

    Emily Erdmann

    I am a junior majoring in REEES, French, and Professional Writing. I recently returned from spending a semester abroad in Chambery, France at the Universite Savoie Mont Blanc. Later on in my college career, I hope to study abroad in Russia as well. I do not yet know what I wish to do with all of my studies, but I find such organizations as the Peace Corps, the U.N., and the Foreign Service very interesting.

  • Joe Tamesis

    Joe Tamesis

    I’m a junior REEES (Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies) major and a cadet in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. I am planning on studying abroad to Kyrgyzstan over the summer of 2018. After graduating, I’ll be commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. 

  • Charles Skaggs


    I am currently a sophomore studying Political Science and REEES. I plan on studying abroad during the summer of 2019 in either Estonia or Lithuania. I am currently a reservist in the U.S. Navy and plan on mobilizing after graduation, with an end goal to end up working for the FBI or the State Department. 

  • Yasha Shatalov


    I am currently a junior majoring in REEES with a minor in International Business. I am currently employed at the Havighurst Center as a student associate. After college I plan on pursuing a career with either the government, the military, or law enforcement.

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