The Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia was established in 2011 thanks to a generous gift from the family of NYU alumni Boris and Elizabeth Jordan. The Jordans are a family of Russian-Americans with strong links in the worlds of business, culture, and religion on both sides of the Atlantic and a tradition of cultural sponsorship and philanthropy. The gift satisfied the twin goals of the donors: to promote knowledge and understanding of Russia past, present, and future, making Russia central to a global conversation; and to situate this ambition in a world-class research university in a vibrant center of business and the arts. The gift is their permanent testament to their roots in both countries, their commitment to their alma mater, and their nurturing of knowledge and the arts.
Yanni Kotsonis, Director, Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, Associate Professor of History and Russian and Slavic Studies
New York, September 2013
The Jordan family endowed the Center for the Advanced Study of Russia two decades after the establishment of the Russian Federation. In so doing they recognized their roots in two cultures, their ongoing commitment to knowledge and the arts, and their bond with their alma mater. We inaugurate the Center with a deep appreciation for the trust that the donors have placed in us to create an institution befitting a major research university that considers itself global.
We – the academy and the country – could stand a better conversation about Russia, Russia in world affairs, and the way we approach Russia.