Judith Russell

Judith Russell

Research Interest


Judith Russell has more than 25 years experience in academia and politics as a professor and political advisor. She is the author of Economics, Bureaucracy and Race: How Keynesians Misguided the War on Poverty (Columbia University Press, 2004). Professor Russell received her BA (’79), MA (’83), MPhil (’87), and PhD (‘92) from Columbia University.

Professor Russell was a full-time assistant professor of political science for 12 years at Barnard College (1988 to 2000). In September 2001 she left to join the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of Research and Policy to work for President and CEO Kathy Wylde building a Research and Policy Department for the Partnership analyzing the economic impact and ramifications of the September 11, 2001 attack on New York City, and the recovery of Lower Manhattan. Once completed, she left the Partnership to complete her book on economics, poverty, and unemployment, analyzing the programmatic failure of US government to produce coherent programs to address poverty, Economics, Bureaucracy and Race: How Keynesians Misguided the War on Poverty.

Professor Russell returned to the Columbia Political Science faculty as an Adjunct Associate Professor in 2004. At Columbia and at Barnard College she has taught American government politics, public policy, and institutions; this has included courses on income inequality, urban politics, the welfare state, democratic and constitutional theory, employment policy, antipoverty policy, economic development, federalism, and intergovernmental relations. Her advisory work has included security and terrorism, international business, economic development, non-governmental organizations, employment, minority business, labor and union relations. In addition, Professor Russell is active in political, social, and children's welfare organizations and sits on Boards of Directors for organizations concerned with homelessness and girls education in New York City and Washington DC. Professor Russell has two children and resides in New York City.

American Politics and Institutions
Public Policy
Social Welfare Policy
Economic Policy
Civics and Civics Training
Education Policy
Political Economy
Employment Policy
Urban Policy and Politics
Poverty and Antipoverty Policy
Political Sociology
Democratic Theory

Lecture Courses Taught

  • Introduction to American Government
  • American Politics and Social Welfare Policies
  • American Urban Politics and Policy
  • Politics of American Policymaking
  • Democratic and Constitutional Theory
  • Dynamics of American Politics

Seminars Taught

  • The Politics of Income Inequality in the United States
  • The Politics of American Policymaking
  • Senior Seminar on Income Distribution
  • American Politics and Contemporary Social Welfare Policy
  • New York Area Undergraduate Research Program I & II
  • First Year Seminar: Elites in Society
  • Colloquium on Policy Analysis: The Politics of Jobs Policy

Courses Taught