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Allison R. Russell, MPA

  • Candidate, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2015-2016

Advisor: Dr. Femida Handy

Research Interests

Volunteering & volunteer motivations

Nonprofit human resources management

Equity and ethics in nonprofit organizations

Theories of civil society

Allison Russell is a third-year PhD student in Social Welfare. Her primary area of research is volunteering, including the link between volunteering and well-being; motivations for volunteering, especially in nonwestern contexts; and volunteer engagement as a form of work and process of identity formation for individuals and communities. She is also interested in nonprofit human resources management, equity and ethics in the nonprofit sector, and theories of civil society. She received a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Latinx Studies with a minor in Economics from Fordham University. She has served as interim Managing Editor and Editorial Assistant for the academic journal Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and is a 2017 recipient of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action Emerging Scholars Award.

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