Director's Message


The Institute for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (IREES) 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 Institute for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (IREES) was established to improve knowledge and understanding of Russia, 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 regional specialists. 

IREES values its university and community partnerships. 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, European and Eurasian studies are pursuing careers in national security, journalism, medicine and public health, international business, foreign affairs, cybersecurity, education and the arts. IREES 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. 

IREES has hosted events throughout the Tampa Bay area, sponsored short-term visiting scholars, and invited guest speakers (scholars, journalists, government officials) to share their knowledge with students in various classes. It also seeks to provide research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. IREES advances the broader mission of the University of South Florida by strengthening its position as a global research university.  

 golfo profile


Golfo Alexopoulos, Ph.D.

Director, The Institute for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (IREES)
Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies