Director’s Letter- Spring 2017

Dear all,

Greetings from New York City, where NYU is about to start its spring semester of 2017!

For better or for worse, Russia finds itself once again occupying a central role in the American political dialogue to an extent that even we as scholars of all things Russia could scarcely have imagined when I wrote my last Director’s Letter at the start of the fall semester.

Regardless of where you stand on your own individual assessment of recent developments in US-Russian relations – and we at the Jordan Center continue to pride ourselves on always presenting a wide range of academic viewpoints at our sponsored events, comments in the media, and blog posts – I am sure we can all agree that now more than ever there is a need for high quality information about Russia to inform the public debate.  And indeed, this remains the mission of the Jordan Center: to sponsor high level programming – lectures, panels, colloquia, and conferences – from a wide variety of academic disciplines, as well as provide support for research to graduate students, faculty, visiting scholars, and our writers in residence.

At least in part with that in mind, I’m pleased to announce two new initiatives, both in cooperation with the Harriman Institute of Columbia University and with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.  The first is a new New York City Russia Public Policy series, which will feature panel presentations composed of scholars whose work speaks to contemporary policy questions related to Russia supplemented, when appropriate, by policy makers or journalists.  The first event – on the topic of US-Russian relations – will take place at Columbia on March 9, and the second – on the topic of kompromat – is tentatively scheduled to take place at the Jordan Center on April 27; future events will rotate back and forth between Harriman and the Jordan Center, and we hope to hold at least two per semester.

The second new initiative is a Russian Politics colloquium designed to support Ph.D. students by giving them an opportunity to share research in progress.  The colloquium is tentatively scheduled to take place the first Wednesday of each month at 9:00 AM, and will also rotate back and forth between Harriman and the Jordan Center. If you are interested in participating in the colloquium, please email me at

Of course, these are only a small part of the many events we will hold at the Jordan Center this coming spring. Please check our events page for details – we have at least one event almost every week of the semester – but I do want to draw your attention to the three (!) conferences we’ll be hosting this semester: the North East Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Association Annual Conference (April 1); “Borders of Biopolitics: Population and Power in Modern Russia” (April 7-8); and “Finance beyond Numbers: The Humanities after Neo-Liberalism Liberalism” (May 5).  As always, we will be live streaming as many of our events as possible, so if you can’t join us in person, please feel free to join us online! And if all else fails, be sure to check out our event recaps.

Finally, I am very pleased to announce that we will celebrate the end of the semester with a party to mark the publication of Communism’s Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes.  Details to follow, but hope to see many of you at the party, as well as at our events throughout the semester!

All best,
Joshua Tucker

PS. Announcements will follow during the semester regarding our Short Term Visiting Fellowships, but if you are a scholar who would benefit from spending a month as a visitor at the Jordan Center, please consider applying!  See here for more details.