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Allison Russell

Allison R. Russell, PhD, MPA

  • Graduate, PhD in Social Welfare

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

Cohort: 2015-2016

Advisor: Dr. Femida Handy

Research Interests

Volunteerism

Nonprofit human resources management

Equity and ethics in nonprofit organizations

Nonprofit organizations in social welfare, policy, and governance

Global civil society development

Online teaching and pedagogy

Allison R. Russell is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS). Her work at SP2 includes 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. This role reflects Allison’s interest in online teaching and pedagogy for nonprofit management curricula and professional education more broadly.

In addition to her teaching interests, 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 is a 2017 recipient of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action Emerging Scholars Award. She also received the 2019 Penn Prize for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, for which she was nominated by NPL students. She is a co-author (with Femida Handy) of the book, Ethics for Social Impact (2018). Allison holds a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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