Alexandria Russell is a historian and public history consultant who is passionate about making African American history accessible to multiple audiences. Through published works, the digital humanities, and inventive public programming, her research expands the fields of African American History, United States History, Women & Gender Studies, and Public History.
In 2018, she graduated from the History Department at the University of South Carolina with her Ph.D. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the College of Charleston in 2009. Her book project, Sites Seen and Unseen: Mapping African American Women’s Public Memorialization, is a national study that examines the evolution of African American women’s public commemorations in the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present.
She is currently a Research Fellow for Harvard & The Legacy of Slavery at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her work with university slavery initiatives began when she was a Scarlet & Black Project Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University from 2019 to 2021. There she helped to develop the project’s public history, community engagement, and an interactive digital archive for three published volumes that chronicle the multicultural histories of the university. In April 2021, she coordinated the Scarlet & Black Project Virtual Symposium to celebrate the extensive impact of the project's work.
Dr. Russell has also worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Jim Clyburn (SC-06) and as a middle school teacher in Berkeley County, South Carolina. As a public history consultant, she has developed curriculum guides for children, participated in community advisory boards, and coordinated public programming. She has received several grants and fellowships to support her historical research, including the Digital Humanities Summer Institute scholarship, the Smith Richardson Research Travel Award, and the Rose Library Research Fellowship at Emory University.