June 8, 2020
The REEES faculty write to let you know that we, like you, have been deeply shaken by the brutal killing of George Floyd by four Minneapolis policemen—the most recent of countless atrocities that have occurred on U.S. soil over the last 401 years—and by the militaristic response to peaceful protests against racial violence and in support of racial justice in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere across the nation. We are particularly cognizant of the traumatic effects these events have had on our students of color and their communities; they are both the targets of this violence and on the frontlines of protest. As scholars of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, we are no strangers to the role that dissidence has played in resisting fascism, totalitarianism, and state power, yet we are equally aware of how our field has often been unwilling to tackle the issue of racial oppression. We are, thus, moved by the ethical stance you have taken against police brutality and systemic racism, whether it be through your thoughtful writings on the tragic events, your participation in local demonstrations, or, in the case of our Graduate Employees, the compassionate ways you have mentored your students.
We understand that, at this critical moment, it is no easy task to fulfill the considerable responsibilities you have to society at large and those you have as students. As educators, we are humbled by your actions and are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure that the important intellectual work you have undertaken at the university is not lost—work that, in these trying times, might seem superfluous but that has the potential to lay the foundation for a more informed, equitable, and imaginable future. So please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you are encountering challenges. We will work with you to find ways to overcome them. Though the academic year will be over in less than a week, we will be here to help you navigate your way through your studies—and the world. This is true for all of you regardless of where you might hail from. We remain ever hopeful for the future you are shaping.
The REEES Faculty
Why Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies?
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) is one of the oldest programs of its kind on the West Coast. We offer an array of courses in Russian language, literature, and culture, as well as in the history, religion, and politics of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.
At the core of our program is the study of Russian—a fascinating language of global and regional importance.
Our highly flexible program allows you to major or minor in REEES with a concentration in the humanities or the social sciences. You can easily combine a REEES major or minor with a major in another discipline. You can opt to do some of your coursework abroad. You can also get involved in Russian club and a host of other activities. With such rich and varied experiences, it’s not surprising that our graduates have been so successful!
REEES has an interdisciplinary Master’s Degree, as well as a Graduate Certificate. Our two-year M.A. program can be tailored to your interests and enables you to work on a thesis of your own design. Unlike most M.A. programs, we can offer funding to a limited number of qualified applicants. Many of our graduates have been accepted to top-notch Ph.D. programs, while others have found satisfying employment in a wide variety of fields.
Interested in going abroad? You can study in St. Petersburg, the former Russian capital and the Venice of the north. Or you might study in Riga, Latvia, a thriving Baltic city with a sizable Russian community and a rich Jewish legacy. If you’d like to take up Czech, consider studying in the charming city of Prague, with its ancient castle and Art Nouveau architecture.
What awaits you after REEES? A degree in REEES—and proficiency in Russian—prepares you for a wide range of careers—from journalism to business, education, law, foreign service, and the arts. As our alumni profiles attest, REEES is your passport to a fulfilling career!
Our faculty members hail from multiple disciplines. What unites our research is a commitment to studying Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia in a global context. Some of our recent projects include Russian-East Asian literary interactions, the Soviet Union’s cultural influence on the Third World, and imperial Russia’s environmental impact on the Pacific Northwest. To learn more about our wide-ranging research interests, peruse our faculty profiles.