Director's Welcome

  • Director's Welcome

    Karen Dawisha

    Welcome to the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies.  The Center was established in 2000 as a 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 meetings with outside speakers; and opportunities for post-doctoral fellowships. The Center also provides funding for other university initiatives in this area.  Students interested in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies have opportunities for study abroad scholarships, Junior Fellowships in the Havighurst Center, and intensive one-on-one Russian practice.

    Please be in touch if you have any questions at

    Karen Dawisha, Director

In the Spotlight

  • November 2015

    At conclusion of 2015-16 academic year, Dr. Karen Dawisha, Havighurst Center Director and Havighurst Chair in Political Science, plans to retire after 16 years as the Center’s founding director.

    Two candidates for the directorship will be on campus providing talks on their own research the week of November 30, 2015. More information is available here.

  • October 2015

    Harrison KingMiami graduate Harrison King received an outstanding academic achievement award from the Department of History at Central European University in Hungary. King is currently a graduate student there.

    More information about the program at CEU is available here. 

  • October 2015

    Dr. Karen Dawisha received Honorable Mention of the Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize for the most important contribution to Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences for her book Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?

  • October 2015

    Magazine CoverInterviews with visiting speakers conducted by Miami University students from the fall 2014 Havighurst Colloquium on Secrecy, Sovereignty, and Power are featured in the recently published edition of Perspectives on Europe, the journal of the Council for European Studies. 

    Full interview transcripts are accessbile on The Havighurst Center's blog, The New Contemporary

  • August 2015

    Russia Direct CoverMiami University's Graduate Certificate in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies #14 in Russia Direct's ranking of the best U.S. Master's level programs in the field of Russian and post-Soviet studies.

    Russia Direct Report

Junior Fellows

  • Emily Walton

    Emily in Moscow

    My name is Emily Walton and I am a senior double majoring in Political Science and Russian, Eastern European, Eurasian Studies at Miami University. I am also simultaneously pursuing my Graduate Certificate in REEES.  I have studied abroad three times during my time at Miami University, visiting several countries multiple times including Russia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. I am the president of the Lithuanian Club and co-founder of the Russian and Eastern European Club. I plan to graduate in May 2016 and would like to further my education in law and graduate school.

  • Ashlynn Galligher

    Ashlynn Galligher

    My name is Ashlynn Galligher and I am a sophomore triple majoring in History, Political Science, and Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies. I love studying different political systems and how culture and history impact those political systems, especially Russia. I have not yet been able to study abroad but I plan on going to Estonia or Russia in the near future.

  • Sean Daugherty

    Sean D

    My name is Sean Daugherty, I am a Political Science and Russian Dual major. I love studying new cultures and languages, especially in Eastern Europe. There's just something really satisfying about being able to speak to people in another language that has always fascinated me. I have not yet been abroad to study, but I hope to travel to Estonia in the near future. I will be graduating Miami a in 2017 and afterwards I will be working for the United States Air Force.

  • Jonathan Edwards

    Jon in Bishkek on a horse

    My name is Jonathan Edwards. I am double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and REEES, I will be graduating in December, 2016. I studied abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan during Summer 2015. I enjoy exploring new cultures, countries, and studying Russian language. After I graduate from Miami University I plan to go into the Air Force and work in intelligence.

  • Taylor Valley

    Taylor in Russia.
    My name is Taylor Valley and I am a senior double majoring in REEES and Political Science at Miami University. I have studied abroad with Miami through the Havighurst Workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia and in the Baltic countries. I also spent the fall semester of my junior year in St. Petersburg with the AIFS program. I am the co-founder and president of the Russian and Eastern European Club. I plan to graduate in May 2016 and plan on going to graduate school to continue studying Russian and foreign politics.
  • Drake Braun

    Drake Braun on study abroad in Russia. In the fall I am going to be entering my junior year. I am a double major in Finance and Russian and Eastern European Studies. I attended Tallin University during the past J-term for a 3 week intensive Russian language program. Now, I'm currently studying at Moscow State Univeristy for 2 1/2 months over the summer. I plan on continuing my studies of Russian when I return at the start of the school year in September.  I plan on graduating in May 2016. After graduation, I would like to work in hockey scouting/management either in the NHL, or in Russia. I would like to use my knowledge in Russian and Finance to pursue my passion in hockey and hopefully make it a career in front office management.
  • Heidi Hetterscheidt


    My name is Heidi Hetterscheidt and I'm a third year International Studies and Russian Language double major with a French minor. I have studied abroad in Moscow and plan on going to Luxembourg in the spring semester 2016.

  • Jacob Hensh

    Jacob Hensh  
    My name is Jacob Hensh. I am currently a third year student here at Miami,
    and I am double-majoring in Russian and Political Science. I am the
    executive event planner on the Russian Club, and have been fortunate
    enough to be awarded a Junior Fellowship with the Havighurst Center. I am
    also a Pole Vaulter on the varsity Track and Field team and serve as an
    executive on the Redhawk Council. I plan to go to graduate school after I
    receive my undergraduate degree and possibly pursue a Ph.D.

  • Dennis Kontorovich

    Dennis Kontorovich.

    My name is Dennis Kontorovich and I am a Finance, Supply Chain and Operations Management, and Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies triple major here at Miami University. I expect to graduate in the Spring of 2016 and hope to work in the international business world. I am especially interested in international supply chain and would love to work for a company with locations around the world. The picture is me in Estonia, where I went for the J Term. 

  • Heather Royster

    Heather Royster

    My name is Heather Royster and I'm a Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies major with a Japanese minor. I plan on graduating in spring of 2017. From there I will perform four years of active duty for the United States Air Force and then hopefully work for the C.I.A. Along with learning Russian and Japanese, I also speak French and hope to continue my French studies. 

  • Nick Vargo

    Nick Vargo

    I am a junior pursuing a double major in REEES and International Studies. Having finished all required language courses and study abroad (CIEE, St. Petersburg) by my sophomore year, I'll need to be creative in how I continue my Russian language studies. I am determined to be fluent in Russian; hopefully my level of proficiency will be enough to land me a job working for a government agency or international business.

  • Interested in becoming a Junior Fellow?

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

    Havighurst Junior Fellowship 

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