Professor Russell is a cultural anthropologist with specific interests in economic anthropology and the Philippines. Her research has focused on the relationship between ritual and economy and on the role of peasant economic institutions in upland and maritime societies. She has conducted research with upland Ibaloi and Kankana-ey peoples in Luzon, street vendors in Manila, and fishermen in both Thailand and the Philippines. She has also been a visiting professor at the School of Economics, University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Professor Russell is a core member of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. For the last decade, she has been running international capacity-building exchange programs for young Muslim, Christian and indigenous leaders in the southern Philippines through grants from the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. She was named a Presidential Engagement Professor in 2011. She teaches courses in economic anthropology, globalization and contemporary world problems, and introductory anthropology.
Conflict Transformation Efforts in the Southern Philippines [with Rey Ty]. IN Conflict Resolution and Peace Education: Transformations Across Disciplines, ed. Candice Carter, pp. 157-86.; New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2010
Feasts of Merit: the Politics of Ethnography and Ethnic Icons in the Luzon Highlands.; In Cordillera in June: Essays Celebrating June Prill-Brett, Anthropologist, ed. Ben Tapang, pp.30-61. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press.; [Winner of the National Book Award for Anthropology, Manila, 2008, ranked by the National Book Development Commission and the Manila Critics Circle. 2007
Labor Discipline, Debt and Effort in a Philippine Fishing Community. In Labor in Cross-Cultural Perspective, ed. E. Paul Durrenberger and Judith Marti. 2006.; Lanham, MD: 2006
Of Beggars and Thieves: Customary Sharing of the Catch and Informal Sanctions in an Open Access Fishery in the Philippines (with Rani Alexander). In State and Community in Fisheries Management: Power, Policy, and Practice, ed. EP Durrenberger and Thomad D. King, CT: Greenwood Press, pp. 19-40, 2000.
Structuralism's Transformations: Order and Revision in Indonesian and Malaysian Societies. Program for Southeast Asian Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe. Co-editor with Lorraine Aragon, 1999.
Measuring Seining Strategies and Fishing Success in the Philippines (with Rani Alexander). Human Organization: Journal of Applied Anthropology 57(2): 145-58, 1998.
The Skipper Effect Debate: Views from a Philippine Fishery (with Rani Alexander). Journal of Anthropological Research 52(4): 433-460, 1996.
Changing Lives, Changing Rites: Ritual and Social Dynamics in the Philippine and Indonesian Uplands. Ann Arbor: Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan. Co-editor with Clark E. Cunningham, 1989.
Ritual, Power and Economy: Upland-Lowland Contrasts in Mainland Southeast Asia. DeKalb Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University. Editor, 1989.