Allison Russell

Allison Russell

​​Assistant Professor, Public and Nonprofit Management Program
+1 (972) 883-4965
GR 2.212
Tags: Public and Nonprofit Management

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Social Welfare
University of Pennsylvania
Master of Public Administration
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
B.A. - Latin American and Latino Studies
Fordham University

Research Areas

Research Interests
Nonprofit management, volunteering, ethical decision-making, nonprofit HRM, social innovation, civil society development


De Bruin Cardoso, I., Russell, A.R., Kaptein, M., and Meijs, L. (2023). How moral goodness drives unethical behavior: Empirical evidence for the NGO halo effect. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 2023 - Journal Article
Russell, A.R., Handy, F., and Dixith, V. (2023). Microfinance through the Self-Help Group-Bank Linkage Programme: Impact on ancillary employment. Canadian Development Journal. 2023 - Journal Article
Russell, A.R., Boen, C.E., and Handy, F. (2022). Volunteer retirement and well-being in older adults: A longitudinal study. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 
2022 - Journal Article
Russell, A.R., Storti, M.H., and Handy, F. (2022). Volunteer retirement and well-being: Evidence from older adult volunteers. International Journal on Community Wellbeing. DOI: 10.1007/s42413-021-00157-z 2022 - Journal Article
Russell, A.R., Speevak, P., and Handy, F. (2021). Volunteering in Canada. In Intersections and Innovations: Change for Canada’s Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector, edited by Susan Phillips and Bob Wyatt. The Muttart Foundation. 2021 - Book Chapter
Russell, A.R., Kim, E., Handy, F., and Gellis, Z. (2020). Formal vs. informal volunteering and well-being: Does volunteering type matter for older adults? Voluntary Sector Review.  2020 - Journal Article
Russell, A.R., Walk, M., and Handy, F. (2020). Nonprofit human resources management. In Routledge Companion to Nonprofit Management, edited by Stefan Toepler and Helmut K. Anheier. Routledge.  2020 - Book Chapter
Frimpong, S., Russell, A.R., Handy, F. (2020). Re-Imagining Community Development: The Cocoa360 Model. In The Research Handbook on Community Development, edited by Rhonda Phillips and Eric Trevan. 2020 - Book Chapter


Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2021–Present]
Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Social Impact Strategy [2019–2021]
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania [2019–2021]
MS in Nonprofit Leadership

News Articles

Volunteering: To a Happy, Helpful New Year
By Pooja Makhijani in the December 2022 print edition of Real Simple magazine.
Study Offers Methods for Easing Older Volunteers into Retirement
Dr. Allison Russell and her colleagues proposed a three-stage model that managers can use to help older volunteers transition into retiring from service.
Timely Topic: Why Do People Volunteer during the Holidays?
As the holiday season approaches, Russell shared her insights about volunteering during the holidays and tips for getting involved.
Meet the Newest Group of Tenured, Tenure-Track Faculty at UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas welcomed 25 new tenured and tenure-track faculty members in 2021, with many of them joining the University this fall.