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, Interim Director

In the Spotlight

  • 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

  • Anna Melberg

    Anna Melberg

    Hi! My name is Anna Melberg and I am a junior Russian, East European, Eurasian Studies major. I began learning Russian language in high school. I have traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia as well as studied abroad at Vilnius University in Lithuania. I will graduate in 2018 and I hope to go into foreign diplomacy. 

  • Emily Erdmann

    Emily Erdmann

    I am a sophomore majoring in REEES, French, and Professional Writing. I am curently spending the 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.

  • Dakota Potts

    Dakota Potts

    My name is Dakota Potts, a senior at Miami University, with a double major in International Studies and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies with a minor in French. I returned from studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. After graduation, I intend to pursue a masters program in either live interpretation or international relations.

  • Ashlynn Galligher


    Hello, I'm Ashlynn Galligher and I'm in my final year at Miami University with a double major in REEES and Political Science with a minor in History. I have been to all three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) and have studied abroad at Tallinn University and Vilnius University. Eventually I would love to go into International Law or Human RIghts Law with a focus on Russia/Eurasia/Eastern Europe. 

  • 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. Over J-term I studied abroad in Estonia. I will be graduating Miami 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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 

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