Professor Emeritus Herbert Ellison is the namesake of the Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington. Previously, he served as the Director of the esteemed Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies. Professor Ellison is a the former Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and has served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department and a number of congressional foreign affairs committees. He was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Grant in 1993. Professor Ellison is the author of a recently published book, "Boris Yeltsin and Russia's Democratic Transformation." The book is one of the first in-depth publications on the subject written by an American author.