Message from the Director

Serhii Plokhii in HURI LibraryThe 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. 

Since its inception, the Institute has worked closely with Harvard’s three endowed chairs in Ukrainian studies: history, literature, and philology, developing a number of academic programs that include a weekly seminar series and other forums on Ukrainian studies, as well as a publication program that comprises source editions, a monograph series, and the academic journal, Harvard Ukrainian Studies. We are also proud of our academic projects, like MAPA: The Digital Atlas of Ukraine, and international conferences which bring together scholars from universities and academic institutions throughout the world.

The Institute serves as a meeting ground for ideas and people interested in the study of Ukraine and Eastern Europe. HURI provides a temporary, but hospitable, home to scholars from countries all over the world. Since 2001, the Institute has hosted more than 160 fellows, who come to Harvard to do research in humanities and social sciences. Our activities would not be possible without the generous support of many organizations and individuals — in particular, the Petro Jacyk Educational Foundation, the Ukrainian Studies Fund, Dr. Jaroslaw and Nadia Mihaychuk, and the Temerty Family Foundation, whose gifts and endowments support our academic research programs. 

Our faculty, associates, and experienced and dedicated staff help to create a rich intellectual environment and advance the Institute’s mission as a major academic resource on Ukraine’s culture, language, literature, history, and politics.

- Serhii Plokhii