REEI Director’s message
Welcome to Indiana University’s Russian and East European Institute (REEI), which for more than six decades has enabled generations of undergraduate and graduate students to acquire the language skills, area studies knowledge, and analytical tools they need to succeed in careers in academia, international affairs, business, library and information science, research and analysis, and many others. We are pleased to announce that thanks to a generous gift from Shaun M. and Jill F. Byrnes, REEI will be named in honor of the late Robert F. Byrnes, a visionary professor of History who founded the institute in 1958. REEI was Indiana University’s first area studies center; it has grown to be the university’s largest, boasting over 90 affiliated faculty members across the campus who do groundbreaking research and teach dynamic courses on the REE region.
Indiana’s REEI is recognized as one of the top Russian and East European Area Studies institutions in the United States, and we have been a continuously-funded U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource/FLAS Center for more than sixty years. As an innovative hub of training and expertise on Russia and Eastern Europe, our mission is to expose a range of students with diverse career goals to the languages, cultures, and politics of the REE region by supporting research and instruction of the highest caliber at all levels. REEI alumni are living and working across the globe, confirming Kurt Vonnegut’s famous line, “I don’t know what it is about Hoosiers. But wherever you go there is always a Hoosier doing something very important there.” We are proud of our vibrant REEI alumni network, a valuable resource of expertise, networks, and advice for generations of REEI graduates.