The CREES Library

CREES library
Stammler Library
Stammler Library

The CREES Library is a reference collection for students interested in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The library subscribes to multiple periodicals from the region which are made available to anyone interested in reading up-to-date regional print news. Located in 318 Bailey Hall, the library is also a meeting space for lectures, film series, and student clubs related to international area studies. 

The library has open hours on Mondays from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Come use the space for study and research and make use of its wonderful collection.

The library's holdings include books on history, economics, geography, politics, religion, philosophy, literary criticism and history, art and architecture, music, folklore, language, and works of literature. The collection includes numerous volumes in Russian, as well as books in Bulgarian, Czech, German, Polish, and Ukrainian. 

The Stammler Collection

The Stammler collection is named in honor of KU Professor Henreich A. Stammler. Professor Stammler was born December 15, 1912, in Jena, Germany. A multilingual student of Slavic languages and literatures at the Universities of Greifswald, Munich, and Prague, Professor Stammler developed strong interests in poetry and intellectual history. As a student he became acquainted with major writers and thinkers such as Petr Savitsky, Teodor Trajanov and Fedor Stepun. Professor Stammler taught at the Svishtov Business College in Bulgaria until 1940 when he was drafted into the army. After the war, Professor Stammler returned to Munich and taught English and Russian to future interpreters at the Dolmetscher Institut. After moving to the U.S., he taught at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He and his wife, Ursula, moved to the University of Kansas in 1960, and in 1962 he became the first chair of the new Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

As a Slavist who knew at least eight languages, Professor Stammler published articles in all three branches of the Slavic language family—South, West, and East Slavic. Stammler represented an essential link in the chain of generations, keeping alive the Russian cultural renaissance of the early 20th century. In a very real sense Professor Stammler represented what the “globalized” world could be—not the domination of one language and culture over all others but the capacity to function in many cultures and languages, supported with intimate knowledge and deep respect for their peoples and traditions. He passed away in Lawrence, Kan. on November 29, 2006.

Professor Stammler generously donated his library to the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. By making it searchable online, we hope to make it more accessible to users. The Stammler collection and library periodicals are reference only and not available for checking out.

Stammler Library Online Index


University of Kansas Center for Russian and East European Studies. The Stammler Collection gift of Heinrich A. Stammler ...habent sua fata libelli..."
Presented to the University of Kansas Libraries by Heinrich A. Stammler "...habent sua fata libelli..."
photo of Heinrich A. Stammler

The Dienes Collection


Dr. Leslie Dienes is a professor emeritus in the Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science at the University of Kansas. His research interests include the former USSR and East-Central Europe, including resources and regional socio-economic development. Professor Dienes generously donated books to the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. 


Presented to the CREES Library by Dr. Leslie Dienes
Leslie Dienes

Books by CREES  Alumni and Affiliate Faculty

CREES is proud of the accomplishments of its alumni and affiliated faculty members. We are happy to have several books by our alumni and affiliate faculty members in departments such as Geography, History, Political Science, and Slavic, German, and Eurasian Studies (SGES).

Books by CREES Alumni and Faculty

Olga Dmitrieva received her MA in Linguistics from the University of Kansas in 2005.

  • Dmitrieva, Olga. Incomplete Neutralization in Russian Final Devoicing : Acoustic Evidence from Native Speakers and Second Language Learners, 2005.

Reuel Hanks received his MA from the University of Kansas in Soviet and East European Studies in 1988 and his PhD from the University of Kansas in Geography in 1993.

  • Hanks, Reuel. Uzbekistan: World Bibliographical Series. London: ABC-CLIO Press, Ltd., 1999.

Raymond W. Leonard received his MA from the University of Kansas in Soviet and East European Studies in 1987 and his PhD from the University of Kansas in History in 1997.

  • Leonard, Raymond W. Secret Soldiers of the Revolution: Soviet Military Intelligence 1918-1933. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1999.


John T. Alexander is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Kansas Department of History. He taught Russian history at KU from 1966 to 2005.

  • Alexander, John T. Bubonic Plague in Early Modern Russia : Public Health and Urban Disaster. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Alexander, John T. Catherine the Great : Life and Legend. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Edith W. Clowes was an Associate Professor in the University of Kansas Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She served as the Director of KU CREES from 2008 to 2012.

  • Clowes, Edith W., and Bromberg, Shelly Jarrett, Editor. Area Studies in the Global Age : Community, Place, Identity. 2016.
  • Panikin, Aleksandr, and Edith W. Clowes. Private Wealth--National Vision: The Memoirs of a New Russian Entrepreneur, 2000.

Paul J. D'Anieri is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Kansas Department of Political Science. He served as Associate Dean of International Programs at KU from 1999 to 2003. He served as KU CREES Director from 2003 to 2004, and was the Associate Dean for the Humanities at KU from 2004 to 2008.

  • D'Anieri, Paul J. Economic Interdependence in Ukrainian-Russian Relations. SUNY Series in Global Politics. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999.
  • D'Anieri, Paul J., Kravchuk, Robert S., Kuzio, Taras, Кузьо, Тарас, and Kuzʹo, Taras. Politics and Society in Ukraine. Westview Series on the Post-Soviet Republics. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1999.

Vaerly Dzutsati is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the University of Kansas Department of Political Science.

  • Siroky, David S., Dzutsati, Valery, and Bustikova, Lenka. Defection Denied : A Study of Civilian Support for Insurgency in Irregular War. Cambridge Elements. Elements in Experimental Political Science. 2022.

Richard T. De George is University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, of Russian and East European Studies, and of Business Administration, and Co-Director of the International Center for Ethics in Business at the University of Kansas. 

  • De George, Richard T. Delovai︠a︡ Ėtika. Ėticheskai︠a︡ Ėkonomii︠a︡. Issledovanii︠a︡ Po Ėtike, Kulʹture I Filosofii Khozi︠a︡ĭstva ; Vyp. 7. Moskva: Institut "Ėkonomicheskai︠a︡ Shkola", 2001.

Olga Kyrylova is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the KU Department of Film and Media Studies. 

  • Кириллова, Ольга. Серп холодной луны: Реконструкции моделей чувственности. Санкт-Петербург: АЛЕТЕЙЯ, 2010ю

Norman E. Saul is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Kansas Department of History. 

  • Saul, Norman E. Concord and Conflict: The United States and Russia 1867-1914. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1996.
  • Saul, Norman E. Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Foreign Policy. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
  • Saul, Norman E. The Life and Times of Charles R. Crane, 1858-1939. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2013.
  • Whisenhunt, William Benton., and Saul, Norman E. New Perspectives on Russian-American Relations. Routledge Studies in Cultural History ; 39. 2015.
  • Saul, Norman E. Russia and the Mediterranean 1797-1807. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970.
  • Saul, Norman E. Russian People: Revolutionary Recollections Princess Julia Cantacuzene Countess Speransky nee Grant. Bloomington: Slavica Publishers, 2016.
  • Saul, Norman E. Sailors in Revolt: The Russian Baltic Fleet in 1917. Lawrence: The Regents Press of Kansas, 1978.
  • Saul, Norman E. War and Revolution: The United States & Russia, 1914-1921. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2001.

Erik Scottis an Associate Professor in the University of Kansas Department of History and the current Director of CREES.

  • Scott, Erik. Familiar Strangers : The Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire. 2016. 

Alexander Tsiovkh was the Director of Ukrainian Studies and an Associate Professor of Practice for KU CREES.

  • Tsiovkh, Alexander. Thematic English-Ukrainian, Ukrainian-English Dictionary of Agriculture = Tematychnyĭ Anhlo-ukraï̈nsʹkyĭ, Ukraïnsʹko-anhliĭsʹkyĭ Silʹsʹkohospodarsʹkyĭ Slovnyk. Lʹviv: Lʹvivsʹkyĭ Nat︠s︡onalʹnyĭ Universytet Im. Ivana Franka, 1999.

Nathan D. Wood is an Associate Professor in the University of Kansas Department of History.

  • Wood, Nathaniel D. Becoming Metropolitan: Urban Selfhood and The Making of Modern Cracow. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010.

The CREES Collection

The CREES Library is home to a large collection of books on a variety of topics related to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Below are the books in the library collection that are not part of the Stammler or Dienes donated collections.