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Romanoff Center for Russian Studies

Ellison Hall, home of the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences on the OU Norman campus.

Welcome to the Romanoff Center

Mission Statement

Housed within the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, the Romanoff Center for Russian Studies promotes the interdisciplinary study of the Russian Federation and its larger historical precursors, the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire. Founded in 2022, thanks to the generous bequest of Princess Janet Romanoff, the Center is dedicated to informing both the University of Oklahoma community and the broader public about the history and culture of Russia, current events involving the Russian Federation, and Russia’s actions on the world stage. It sponsors lectures, symposia, and cultural events; engages with scholars and public figures nationally and internationally; and works to support excellence in teaching and research in Russian studies.

Faculty at the First Romanoff Center Meeting

Romanoff Center Faculty


Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya Receives the 2023 ACTR Distinguished Service Award!

Congratulations to Romanoff Center Associate Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya on receiving the 2023 Distinguished Service Award from the American Council of Teachers of Russian.  Dr. Sukholutskaya is a long-time member of the ACTR Board of Directors and is also president of the Central Association of Russian Teachers of America.

Photo of Dr. Sukholutskaya holding a plaque for the ACTR Distinguished Service Award.  In Recognition of her outstanding service to the Russian profession. February 2023. American Council of Teachers of Russian.
Dr. Elena Doludenko Carmichael Wins the Cecil W. Woods Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Elena Doludenko Carmichael on Winning the Cecil W. Woods Memorial Award for excellence in the teaching of modern languages!  This is the highest teaching award given by OU's Department of Modern languages, Literatures & Linguistics.


Elena Carmichael photo


Lessons from Babyn yar

On September 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Bizzell Library 118,  join us for an exciting event that features poetry by Yevgeny Yevtushenko and contemporary Ukrainian poets read by Zhenya Yevtushenko and Nathan Marks, with cello music by Matt Magerkurth.  This event is part of the Mark Allen Everett Poetry series and is sponsored by the Dodge Family College of Arts.

Flier for "Lessons of Babyn Yar: A Conversation between Poetry, Languages, and Music." The Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series and the Dodge Family College of Arts and sciences.  Featuring Poetry by Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Contemporary Ukrainian poets read by Zhenya Yevtushenko and Dr. Nathan Marks with cello music by Matt Magerkurth. Wednesday, September 6th at 6:30 p.m. in Bizzell library LL 118. See facebook events page  for complete details including zoom link: complete details, including Zoom link:
Lecture by Herman Pirchner

On Wednesday, September 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the 145 Zarrow Hall, Herman Pirchner, the founding president of the  American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), will give a talk titled "The Axis of Anxiety: Russia–China–North Korea–Iran." This event is cosponsored by the Department of International & Area Studies and the Romanoff Center.   

Herman Pirchner has traveled the world and made over 70 trips to the countries of the former Soviet Union. He directed the national security team advising Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign (2012) is the author of Reviving Greater Russia: The Future of Russia's Borders with Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Ukraine (2004) and Post Putin: Succession, Stability, and Russia's Future (2019). Before founding AFPC, Mr. Pirchner served in the US Senate as Director of Legislation for Senator Roger Jepsen (R-IA) and Legislative Assistant to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

The Axis of Anxiety: Russia-China-North Korea-Iran


Emily D. Johnson and Melissa K. Stockdale

Contact information:

Romanoff Center for Russian Studies
Attn: Prof. Emily Johnson
Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Linguistics
University of Oklahoma
780 Van Vleet Oval, Room 206
Norman, OK 73019