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Heather Russell

Professor; Senior Associate Dean of the School of Environment, Arts and Society

English; Office of the Dean

Office: DM 452

Phone: 305-348-3369


Dr. Russell earned her PhD in English from Rutgers University and she specializes in African Diaspora Literature and Theory; Postcolonial theory; Anglophone Caribbean Cultural Studies; African American Literature (mid-19th-21st centuries). She regularly teaches courses in 19th Century African American Literature; 20th Century African American Literature; Major Caribbean Writers; Race, History, and the Fictive Imagination; major African American Writers; and Race and Citizenship; Black Literature and Literary/Cultural theory.

Teaching Philosophy

"I am committed to encouraging students to engage literary study as a radical political act where we examine how discourse, pedagogy, and power operate in lockstep. My teaching foregrounds the material implications of western cultural imperialism to help students identify the linkages between racism, colonialism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism, and, globalization, the postindustrial complex, the prison industrial complex, the exploitation of labor, tourism, unfair trade, and the material threat posed to black, brown, and economically threatened subjects, globally. Finally, my classes are designed to push students beyond their own imaginings; to challenge them to think, write, and be fully expressed in ways that matter for their whole survival. "

Research Areas

Dr. Russell is currently Chair of the Steering Committee, the Lead Scholar for NEH Landmarks in American History. She currently working on a book-length project titled Black and White TV: Independence, Popular Culture, and Globalization in the Anglophone Caribbean (1962-1992).