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Brian E. Russell, PhD


B.E. Russell is a first generation college graduate, native Tennessean, and is proud to be on the faculty of the only public university in Nashville. His area of interest is the American Political system. Currently he is working on the development of the American Constitution, how it has changed over time, and how that influences the American union. He coordinates internships, supervises the Legislative Internship program, and coaches our TISL team.


215 Crouch Hall, (615) 963-4930,  brussell7@tnstate.edu


PhD in Political Science, University of Tennessee, 2004

MA in Political Science, University of Arkansas, 1998

BA in Psychology, University of Arkansas, 1995

Courses Taught

American Government, State and Local Government, American Presidency, Legislative Process, Research Methods, American Political Thought, Media and Politics, Legislative Internship, Urban Politics (Graduate Course), Development of American Democracy, Capstone (Senior Seminar)

Research Interests

Representation, American legislatures, the Constitution, the founding of the American union, and Federalism

Selected Publications

“The Constitution, Slavery, and the Changed American Union” (Under Review)

“2006 Election Study of Lowndes County Voters” with the Government in Excellence Team, Valdosta Daily Times Newspaper.

“Legislative Representation in a Single-Member versus Multiple-Member District System:  The Arizona State Legislature.”  Political Research Quarterly 2004 57(2):337-44.  With Lilliard Richardson and Christopher Cooper.

“The Personal Staff of State Senators: Are they Entrepreneurs, Technicos, Politicos, or Representatives?”  A compilation of research articles for state legislators and their staff (2002)