The University of Chicago has a long history of training Russian and Soviet historians. We have a robust cohort of graduate students working on a diverse array of dissertation topics—from the environmental history of eighteenth-century Russian Alaska to cultural politics in twentieth-century Central Asia. Renowned for our tradition of interdisciplinary and cross-field collaboration, we encourage students to work closely with scholars of modern Europe, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, East Asian Studies, and International Studies, Human Rights, and Gender and Sexuality and to participate in workshops. Our Center for East European, and Russian/Eurasian Studies sponsors numerous events and conferences each year and helps to fund our graduate students' education. The Committee on Central Eurasian Studies offers exciting lecture and film series.
Contact Professors Hillis and Gilburd, as well as any other professors with whom you would like to work, no later than the autumn of the year in which you plan to submit your application. We enjoy having the opportunity to learn about you, your interests, and why you feel Chicago would be a good fit for you before you apply to the program. PhD applicants should have a strong working knowledge of Russian; it is also good to show that you have begun studying French, German, or another language relevant to your interests.