Sarah Russell, Ph.D.

Sarah Russell, Ph.D.

Director of Academic Engagement, Global and Civic Opportunities
(919) 613-6628

I joined the Academic Advising Center after 10 years at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where I taught American history and American studies, as well as interdisciplinary courses in Latin American and Asian studies. I also led students on academic and service-learning trips to Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama, and, drawing from my experience as a Fulbright lecturer in Denmark, I encouraged NCSSM students to think globally about their impending college experiences.

Before I joined the faculty at NCSSM, I earned my Ph.D. in history at the University of Maryland, focusing my scholarship on the colonial and 19th-century plantation societies of Louisiana and the Caribbean. In a sense, my research into the complicated (and often contentious) political, economic and social relationships between the African, Anglo, French, Spanish and Creole peoples of these regions inspired my longstanding interest in the challenges of cross-cultural experiences. 

In addition, while I was at University of Maryland, I served as an undergraduate advisor, working with students as they explored majors and sought ways to mesh their interests, internships and courses into fulfilling college careers. Years before, when I was in college, most students (myself included) were not particularly adept at seeing how work, service and classes might be woven together to create a life that is both professionally satisfying and socially responsible. So, I am delighted to work with Duke students as they construct meaningful connections between their goals, their courses and their contributions to their communities, both present and future.