Skip to Content


For over 50 years, the University of Michigan has been training Russian, East European, and Eurasian specialists.

Many alumni from CREES and other degree programs have gone on to have distinguished academic careers; 10 have directed area studies centers at major U.S. universities. CREES-affiliated University of Michigan alumni have also pursued careers in the following fields:

  • Government - CIA; Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and State Departments; NSC; NSF; U.S. Army; U.S. Forest Service
  • Non-profit sector - American Councils for International Education, CIEE, Human Rights Watch, IREX, Kennan Institute, NDI, Open Society Institute, Oxfam
  • For-profit sector - Citigroup, GM, Merrill Lynch
  • International organizations - EBRD, OSCE, United Nations, World Bank

In April 2011, CREES invited some of our distinguished alumni to participate in panel discussions at our 50th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion: Alumni in Action. Visit Alumni News for updates from these and other graduates, or connect with us on social media.

Supporting CREES

We gratefully acknowledge gifts from CREES alumni and friends whose support will insure the Center's excellence and financial security in the future. For information about how your gift will support Center activities, visit CREES Donate.