Allison Russell


Allison Russell is a research collaborator and instructor at the Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS), where she was a post-doctoral fellow. Allison’s current position is Assistant Professor, Public and Nonprofit Management Program, at University of Texas at Dallas. Her work at SP2 included curricular review and development for both the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy and the MS in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL), as well as online and in-person teaching in the NPL program. Allison’s research centers on the nonprofit and voluntary sector, including volunteerism, nonprofit HRM, ethical decision-making, and the role of nonprofits in social welfare and policy. Her dissertation examined the role of transitioning in and out of volunteering on older adults’ well-being. She is also involved in several research projects on civil society development around the world, including volunteering in Vietnam and microfinance and ancillary employment generation in India. Allison holds a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.