UW Research

Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS)



The Ellison Center is an endowed, leading resource center which promotes in-depth interdisciplinary study of the many post-communist subregions. Through our research and programs, we seek to understand the legacies of the imperial and communist past and analyze the emerging institutions and identities that will shape Eurasia’s future from Vienna to Vladivostok. This mission, which flows from Professor Herbert Ellison’s commitment to building sustainable connections with the diverse peoples of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, is strongly supported by the UW administration.

Core Services Offered

MAIS – Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

Graduate Certificate in Russian, East European and Central
Asian studies

BA – REECAS Track in European Studies and International Studies

Minor – REECAS Minor

Community Events and Outreach

Workshops for K-14 Educators

Additional Resources


Funding Information

Herbert J. Ellison Endowment 

Reporting Structure

Leela Fernandez, Director, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Related UW Entities

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Department of History
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
Department of Political Science
Department of Scandinavian Studies