Shana A. RussellProgram Manager, Humanities Action Lab

Image: Shana A. Russell, Program Manager. c/o Tamara Fleming


Shana A. Russell is the Program Manager for States of Incarceration and the co-director for the Rikers Public Memory Project, a partnership between HAL, Create Forward, and JustLeadershipUSA. Her research combines history and literature, past and present, to construct narratives of resistance among women workers of color. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Rutgers University-Newark. Russell’s scholarship has been featured in the anthologies Critical Insights: Richard Wrightand From Uncle Tom’s Cabinto The Help: White-Authored Narratives of Black Life and the journal Science and Society. As an educator, she resurrects the voices of ordinary people to tell local stories with global significance. It is this that lies at the center of her passion for public humanities.