The program is distinct from most comparable M.A. programs in the US or in Russia. Rather than create a silo of faculty and students with Russia interests, yet with poorly articulated disciplinary focus at the level of curriculum, our program arches across both UPenn and EUSP, integrating students and faculty with the many departmental communities of these two institutions.
Rather than educate students in Russian and East European Studies knowledge without disciplinary specialization, our program will combine area studies with focused work in specific disciplines (anthropology, art history, demography, film studies, history, international business studies, Jewish studies, literary and cultural history, medieval studies, political science, sociology, etc.).
Rather than sequestering students in one institution for a year or two, our program is fully international and will insert students into leading academic networks in both Russia and the USA.