Director's Message


The USF Institute on Russia is an Institutional Member of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). We support the following statement of the ASEEES Board of Directors:

"The Board of Directors of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies condemns Russia’s military assault on Ukraine and President Putin’s use of historical distortions and cynical lies to justify Russia’s attack on Ukrainian sovereignty. We stand with all the people of Ukraine and Russia who oppose this war."


The USF Institute on Russia was established to improve knowledge and understanding of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, and to advance global education at USF. The Institute seeks to enhance the education of students in various fields and disciplines and to train the next generation of Russia specialists. 

An Institute on Russia belongs at USF. Tampa Bay is home to prominent cultural and academic institutions, a thriving port and hub for global trade, MacDill Air Force Base, and cutting-edge scientific and medical centers. USF students in Russian studies are pursuing careers in national security, journalism, medicine and public health, international business, foreign affairs, cybersecurity, education and the arts. The Institute on Russia is working to strengthen and develop USF’s academic programs and research profile by building partnerships within the community and with scholars and professionals in the United States and abroad. 

As the Institute grows, it will be possible to do so much—establish annual workshops, seminars and lecture series; sponsor postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars; support USF students to study abroad and learn critical languages; arrange cultural and educational exchanges; and invite prominent professionals and scholars to address various issues affecting our world. The Institute on Russia advances the broader mission of the University of South Florida by strengthening its position as a global research university.  

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Golfo Alexopoulos, Ph.D.

Director, USF Institute on Russia
Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies