Annie Russell, Ph.D.


Annie Russell was born in Indiana and has spent most of her life in the Midwest. In her early career, Annie did the Midwest tour, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication (emphasis on Argumentation and Advocacy) from Adrian College in 2003. Following that, Annie earned her M.Ed. from Ohio University and worked there for a number of years in Residence Life. Annie’s strong passion and focus in higher education has been on social justice issues and inclusion. She obtained her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University in 2012, with an emphasis on teaching social justice issues. Annie has spent the last twenty years of her career working in diversity and inclusion in higher education, as a Coordinator and now Director of two different Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Centers. She has also been an adjunct faculty member in Communication and Gender and Women’s Studies. Annie’s research interests include intersectionality, multiple and intersecting identity formation and development, the application of theory to practice in higher education, and the impact of feminism as an approach to educational perspectives. Annie currently serves as the Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center and plans to continue to work and teach in higher education, thereby achieving social justice through education.