Founded in 1973 with financial support from the Ukrainian-American community, HURI is a leading center for interdisciplinary research on Ukraine.

A Message from the Director

Serhii Plokhii in HURI Library

Serhii Plokhii

The Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI), an integral part of Harvard University, is the leading academic institution in the United States dedicated to the support of scholarship and the dissemination of knowledge about Ukraine and its neighboring countries of Eastern Europe. The Institute was founded in June 1973 through the generosity of the Ukrainian-American community, and under the academic leadership of Professors Omeljan Pritsak and Ihor Ševcˇenko, it helped to put Ukraine on the map of the world academic community. Read more


Our Mission

To advance knowledge of Ukraine through teaching, research, and publication in the humanities and the social sciences at Harvard and worldwide

The Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University (HURI) was established to advance knowledge of Ukraine in the United States and abroad through research and teaching, particularly in history, language, and literature. With Ukraine's independence, our mission has broadened to include contemporary political, social, and economic issues.

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Our History

Founded in June 1973, the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University (commonly known as HURI) serves as a focal point for graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, and associates pursuing research in Ukrainian language, literature, and history as well as in anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, political science, sociology, theology, and other disciplines.

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HURI meeting March 8 1980