Professor Russell Powell appointed to university role

October 05, 2014

Russ Powell Seattle University appointed School of Law Professor Russell Powell as interim associate provost for global engagement.

Powell has been at Seattle University School of Law since 2005. Much of his scholarship and other professional endeavors have been globally oriented. 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, his 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.

He 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. He successfully defended his dissertation last week and will soon receive a Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Washington.

"He has served the School of Law and the university in a number of important capacities over the years, and he is the right person to guide and maintain the momentum of our global engagement efforts at this time," said Robert Dullea, vice president for university planning and vice provost.

Powell will continue to teach at the law school as he takes on his new responsibilities.