In October 1969, Stanford University designated the “Committee for Russian, East European and Communist Studies” as the Center for Russian and East European Studies, recognizing the institutional structures in the field that had emerged at Stanford over the preceding decades. For the past 50 years, the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies has served as Stanford University's hub for the interdisciplinary study of a vast region stretching from the Berlin Wall to the Bering Strait.
CREEES objectives include:
training an annual cohort of MA students in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
supporting undergraduate and graduate students throughout campus, including funding for research and language study
hosting renowned area specialists for guest teaching, lectures, and conferences
developing endowed lecture series, conferences, and public events
promoting language study
expanding the area studies curriculum
supporting community outreach activities
CREEES is funded by endowments from institutional grants and individual donors and annual operational support from the university.
Center for Russian and East European Studies: A History
A retrospective look at Russian and East European Studies at Stanford University published in 2001 under the directorship of Professor Nancy S. Kollmann.
This history chronicles the story of the faculty, students and leaders who built the Center on a foundation of research and teaching of the highest quality. It highlights the major initiatives from the preceding thirty years and recognizes the supporters who made it possible.
Read Center for Russian and East European Studies: A Historyhere.
CREEES Newsletters & Chronicles
Visit the complete archive of CREEES newsletters and chronicles here.
1919 Hoover Institution founded with one of the world's richest archives relating to Russia and East Europe
1940s-50s The library and archival holdings attract renowned Sovietologists to Stanford
1963 The East European Faculty Seminar is created
1969 The Center for Russian and East European Studies is founded
1973 CREES begins offering MA degrees
1977 The first Stanford-Berkeley Conference is held
1984 CREES becomes a National Resource Center and begins offering FLAS Fellowships
1993 Stanford-in-Moscow opens its doors to undergraduate students
2003 CREES adds Eurasia and becomes CREEES
2012 CREEES launches The Post-Soviet Post, an online media project
2019 - Present Amir Weiner, History
2013 - 2019 Pavle Levi, Art & Art History
2010 - 2013 Robert Crews, History
2007 - 2010 Gabriella Safran, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Autumn 2008 John Dunlop, Hoover Fellow
1999 - 2007 Nancy S. Kollmann, History
Autumn 1997, 1998-99 Richard Schupbach, Slavic Languages and Literatures