Director's Message

The USF Institute on Russia was launched to enhance education and research in a range of fields and disciplines, to raise the university’s international profile, and to enrich the cultural life and intellectual engagement of Tampa Bay.

An Institute on Russia belongs at USF. Tampa Bay is home to prominent cultural and academic institutions, MacDill Air Force Base with United States Central Command and Special Operations Command, a thriving port and hub for global trade, a vast tourism industry 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. We are focused on bringing together diplomats, defense officials, specialists and researchers to address the problems of nuclear weapons, food security, fake news, human rights, and myriad threats to our health and our planet.

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.  


Golfo Alexopoulos, Ph.D.

Director, USF Institute on Russia