The Late Steve Russell

The Late Steve Russell

Associate Professor Emeritus, Criminal Justice


  • M.J.S., University of Nevado, Reno, 1993
  • J.D., University of Texas, 1975

About the Late Steve Russell

The Department of Criminal Justice celebrates the life and mourns the passing of Steve Russell, Associate Professor Emeritus, on September 26, 2021.  Professor Russell came to university teaching after retiring from 17 years as a trial court judge in Texas, and held an advanced law degree in addition to the JD. This experience and education led to a number of articles about the judicial process. His research focused 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 appeared in Crime, Law & Social Change, Chicago Policy Review, and Georgetown Public Policy Review. He had published a series of articles on transnational corporate crime, and 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 wrote a weekly humor column, How Did I Miss That?, for Indian Country Today Media Network, and took first place in the Native American Journalists Association competition for best column in 2013 and 2014.  Steve retired from teaching at Indiana University in 2010 but continued writing books, the last was his memoir entitled, Lighting the Fire: a Cherokee Journey from Dropout to Professor.

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