Sarah Russell, Ph.D.
Director of the Undergraduate Research Support office.
I grew up in Massachusetts, received a BA in Social Sciences at Hampshire College, and then earned my MA and Ph.D in Early American History at University of Maryland, College Park. The focus of my scholarship was the colonial and 19th-century plantation societies of Louisiana and the complicated (and often contentious) political, economic and social relationships between the African, Anglo, French, Spanish and Creole peoples of this region. Before I came to Duke, I taught History and Latin American Studies at the North Carolina School of Science and Math and spent a semester in Denmark on a Fulbright grant. I have advised students on social science research projects with a cross-cultural focus, and I am particularly interested in supporting student research across a wide range of disciplines and methodologies. I live in Durham with my husband, my daughter, a fearless cat, an anxious dog, and several complacent chickens.