Director's Message

The USF Institute on Russia was established to improve our students' knowledge and understanding of Russia and the former Soviet Union. The Institute seeks to enhance the education of students in various fields and disciplines and to train the next generation of Russia specialists. The work of the Institute advances global education at USF. 

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, a vast tourism industry, MacDill Air Force Base, and cutting-edge scientific and medical centers. USF students are pursuing careers in medicine and public health, international business, journalism, 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 former ambassadors, government officials and researchers 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