About Us

The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies is the intellectual home of Harvard scholars and students with an interest in this critical region of the world. Our mission is fourfold:

  • To generate and disseminate original research and scholarship on Russian and Eurasian studies.
  • To promote the training of graduate and undergraduate students interested in the region.
  • To create and sustain a community of scholars at all levels of academic achievement.
  • To ensure that society at large benefits from the exchange of information and ideas at the Davis Center.

The Russian Research Center (as the Davis Center was originally known) was founded in 1948 with the hopes that the social sciences could collectively address the pressing national need to understand the Cold War adversary.

The Davis Center community includes nearly three hundred individuals—Harvard faculty, graduate students, fellows, visiting scholars, Boston-area scholars, and staff—who share a passion for Russia and Eurasia.

We seek to build knowledge of Russia and Eurasia and stimulate interdisciplinary thinking by creating opportunities for scholars at all stages of their academic careers.