Russell Powell, Ph.D.

Dr. Russell Powell has served as a Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law since 2005, and in a joint appointment as Associate Provost for Global Engagement since 2014. As Associate Provost, Professor Powell chairs the Global Advisory Team, with representative membership from across campus overseeing the distribution of the Global Grants program to promote the international research and experience of faculty, staff, and students. He also works to support global program initiatives, especially those in Nicaragua, Africa, China, and India. The offices of Global Engagement include Education Abroad, the English Language Learning Center, and a partnership with the International Student Center. Most importantly, Global Engagement serves as an office of partnership and communication for all international interests across campus.  

Professor Powell holds a bachelor of arts in history from Harvard College, a juris doctor from University of Virginia School of Law, a master of arts in social philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago, and a PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Washington.

He began his career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Extensively published and currently writing a book on Turkish secularism, Professor Powell’s main area of interest, as a teacher and scholar, is comparative religious jurisprudence. He reads and speaks a number of languages including Turkish and Farsi.

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