Profile: Shana Russell

Part-time Lecturer

Department of African American and African Studies

Dr. Shana A. Russell is a scholar of black women's labor and the daughter of four generations of domestic workers. She recently completed her dissertation in American Studies on the theorization of black women's domestic and sexual labor in the literature of the early twentieth century. Shana's work has been featured in the anthology From Uncle Tom's Cabin to the Help: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Narratives on Black Life, released in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan, and in the Marxist journal Science and Society. In her spare time Shana blogs about contemporary issues facing domestic workers at, a virtual space that she considers her scholarly cutting room floor.