Faculty & Staff

Dr. Alison Russell

Associate Professor, English Department

Associate Professor, English Graduate Program

ML 4446
303 Hinkle Hall

Phone: (513) 745-3275

Fax: (513) 745-3065


  • M.A., Ph.D. (University of Cincinnati)

First Year at Xavier University:



Composition/Rhetoric, Writing Center Studies, Pedagogy, Contemporary American Fiction and Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Travel Literature, Literature of the American West


Alison Russell was born in England but grew up in New Jersey and California. Since starting her career at Xavier in 1992, she has been the director of the Writing Program, of the Writing Center, and of the M.A. in English Program (fortunately not all at the same time). She also served as department chair from 2006 to 2013. Recently selected for membership on the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, she is also the author of Crossing Boundaries: Postmodern Travel Literature (Palgrave 2000) and of articles on topics about visual literacy, travel writing, Paul Auster, and Colson Whitehead. Dr. Russell teaches Rhetoric, Composition Tutoring, Teaching and Research in Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Literature of the American West, and Contemporary American Fiction. She lives with her husband in Lakeside Park, KY.

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