Michael Russell

Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: ext. 2282
Email: russellm@centenarycollege.edu

Academic Accomplishments

  • Ph.D., Comparative and International Education, Lehigh University, expected 2015
  • M.Ed., Globalization and Educational Change, Lehigh University, 2011
  • M.S., Resource and Applied Economics, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2009
  • Licensure, Secondary Social Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2005
  • B.B.A., Economics, McKendree University, 2001


Professor Russell currently teaches many of the education department's introductory classes and a course on social studies curriculum and instruction.

Although Professor Russell is originally from Illinois, he grew up in nearby Hunterdon County and graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School. He attended McKendree University in southern Illinois, where he majored in economics. After college, Professor Russell moved to Alaska where he attended graduate school and worked in a rural fishing village as the head teacher and a secondary generalist. This meant he taught social studies, math, science, and technology to students aged nine to twenty. Later he taught social studies and math in an alternative school setting in Pennsylvania. Professor Russell began working at Centenary College in 2012, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate-level courses. He also serves as an editorial assistant for European Education: Issues and Studies -- a peer-reviewed journal devoted to issues of education across the member states of the Council of Europe.


Professor Russell is working towards a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education from Lehigh University. He is researching education for sustainable development, economics of education, and private supplementary education. He is especially interested in how education policy influences classroom practice. Professor Russell's current line of research is focused on the circumpolar north, as this is an area particularly vulnerable to ecological shock. He is also interested in how teachers can use technology to enhance instruction and how environmental education can be brought into the social studies classroom.

Since 2009, Professor Russell has worked with schools in Cambodia to help them improve their practices. He has traveled to Siem Reap to work with teachers and participated in research projects studying teacher attitudes, sustainability education, and school-to-work transitions.

He is a member of the Comparative and International Education Society, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the International Society for Ecological Economics.


Moving beyond maintenance: Resilience education and the sustainable development framework in rural Cambodia (March 12, 2013).

Presented (with Whitney Szmodis) at the Education for Sustainable Development Special Interest Group highlighted session at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Child-Friendly Schooling in Cambodia: Do teacher beliefs and attitudes matter? (March 11, 2013).

Presented (with Sothy Eng) at the 57th annual CIES meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A social-ecological resilience-based approach to thinking about "life-skills" in Caring for Cambodia schools (May 4, 2011).

Presented at the 55th annual CIES meeting in Montreal, QC.