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

In the Spotlight

  • January 2018

    Bulgaria House Spotlight on Bulgaria

    On January 1, Bulgaria assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union.  A member since 2007 and of NATO since 2004, this nation of just over 7 million people remains one of the least-studied and least-understood in the former communist world.  The ascension to the presidency of the EU offers us an opportunity to learn more about this fascinating country.  Through a series of lectures, film screenings, reading clubs, and curricular initiatives, the Havighurst Center will delve into the history, culture, and politics of Bulgaria this semester.

    Spring Events

  • January 2017

    russian-revolution Russia from 1917-2017:
    100 years after the Revolution

    As we approach the centenary of this watershed year in Russian and world history, the Havighurst Center will be sponsoring a series of lectures and events during the Spring and Fall 2017 semesters dedicated to re-thinking 1917.  The Center's events and activities will be focused on reexamining the history and culture of 1917, while also paying attention to pressing issues of the present and the past, connecting 1917 to 2017. 

    Check back frequently as we add information and resources to our
    1917-2017 Centennial page.

  • August 2016

    Karen DawishaAfter 16 years serving as the founding Director of the Havighurst Center and Walter Havighurst Professor in Political Science, Karen Dawisha announced her retirement in 2016.  Faculty, students, and administrators celebrated Karen's extraordinary vision and long list of accomplishments at a May 5 Open House, which was held at the Center.  Among other initiatives, Karen oversaw the creation of the Young Researchers Conference, the Havighust Colloquium Series, and the Junior Fellows.  To commemorate her term as Director, we have renamed the undergraduate Junior Fellows program Karen established the Dawisha Fellows.  In this and other ways, her vision will continue to guide us as we launch a new era in the Center's history.

  • March 2016

    Dr. HollandHavighurst Center Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor Edward Holland has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas, beginning Fall 2016. Dr. Holland has been teaching in the International Studies Program in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies during his fellowship tenure with the Center.

  • February 2016

    Dr. KAssociate Professor of Anthropology Dr. Neringa Klumbyte was presented with the College of Arts and Science Distinguished Educator Award for 2015-16 in recognition of her commitment to engaged learning for her students. Dr. Klumbyte also serves as an associate at Miami's Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. Congratulations Dr. Klumbyte!

    Read the article here.

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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