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Vanderbilt alumna Dr. Carrie Russell is director of the Master of Liberal Arts and Science program and Assistant Dean  for Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts and Science as well as a Senior  Lecturer in Political Science and Vanderbilt's pre-law adviser.

Dean Russell earned her Bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and her P.h.D. from Vanderbilt University. She has served Vanderbilt in the roles of Program Director for the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Pre-major Academic Adviser for the College of Arts and Science, and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Political Science. Dean Russell serves as a Vanderbilt Visions leader and faculty adviser for the Undergraduate Political Science Association and the Vanderbilt pre-law society; she also teaches Public Law and Public Policy courses. Dean Russell's research interests include Public Law, Judicial Politics, and Race and Public Policy. Before earning her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt, Dean Russell worked as a Judicial Clerk for Davidson County Tennessee’s Twentieth Judicial District.