Steve Russell

Associate Professor
M.J.S., University of Nevada, Reno, 1993. J.D., University of Texas, 1975

Professor Russell came to university teaching after retiring from 17 years as a trial court judge in Texas, and he holds an advanced law degree in addition to the JD. This experience and education has led to a number of articles about the judicial process. His research focuses on the necessity to redefine national sovereignty to settle disputes arising from globalization and the need for American Indians to redefine tribal sovereignty and Indian identity in response to national and international change. Articles from this research have appeared in Crime, Law & Social Change, Chicago Policy Review, and Georgetown Public Policy Review. He has published a series of articles on transnational corporate crime, and his current research is focused on the legal and social aspects of American Indian identity. His poetry book, Wicked Dew, won the First Book Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas in 2008.  He writes a weekly humor column, How Did I Miss That?, for Indian Country Today Media Network, http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/  and took first place in the Native American Journalists Association competition for best column in 2013 and 2014.

Selected Publications

Wicked Dew (Dog Iron Press 2012).

Ceremonies of Innocence: Essays from the Indian Wars (Dog Iron Press 2012).

Sequoyah Rising: Problems in Post-Colonial Tribal Governance (Carolina Academic Press 2010).

“Chains and Circles: Hierarchy and the Status of Animals,” (with Sara M. Walsh), in Issues in Animal Rights and Ethics 151-167 (M. Vyas, ed. 2011).

“Indigenous Individual Rights: Theory, Praxis and 'Special Privileges',” in Tribal Rights—A Praxis 1-31 (R. Satyanarayana, ed., 2009).

“Law and Bones and What the Meaning of ‘Is’ Is,” inKennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One 73-82 (Heather Burke, Claire Smith, Dorothy Lippert, Joe Watkins and Larry Zimmerman, eds., 2008).

“Globalization of Criminal Justice in the Corporate Context”  (with Michael J. Gilbert), in Global Criminology and Criminal Justice: Current Issues and Perspectives 115-139 (Nick Larsen and Russell Smandych, eds., 2008).

“Searching for ‘Some Accommodation:’ American Indian Religion in the Iron House,” 11 Contemporary Justice Review 213-227 (2008).

"Since September 11, All Roads Lead to Rome."  13 Critical Criminology 37-53 (2005).

"Sovereign Decisions: A Plan for Defeating Federal Review of Tribal Law Applications."  20 Wicazo Sa Review 93-108 (2005).