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Dr. Barbara R. Russo

Dr. Barbara R. Russo

Assistant Professor

Dr. Barbara Russo joined the faculty at the University of West Alabama in Fall 2017. Prior to joining UWA, she was named the University of Mississippi's first Emergency Management Coordinator where she served from 2016-2017. Before Ole Miss, she had been serving as the Program Director and Assistant Professor of Fire & Emergency Services Administration at Fayetteville State University (NC) for five years and is a 20-year veteran of the fire service. She has served as a volunteer and career professional, most recently as the Division Chief of Training and Standards for the City of Jacksonville (NC) Fire Department (2009-2012). She earned her doctorate in fire and emergency management administration from Oklahoma State University. It was through her doctoral research that the discovery of a glass ceiling exists at the rank of captain for women in the fire service which has led to her being sought out as an expert on the advancement of women in the fire service.


  • Ph.D. Oklahoma State University Fire & Emergency Management Administration December 2013
  • M.S. Oklahoma State University Fire & Emergency Management Administration July 2010
  • B.S. Averett University Sociology/Criminal Justice April 1988
  • A.A.S. Coastal Carolina Community College Fire Protection Technology May 2008
  • Recent Publications

  • McElreath, D., Doss, A., Russo, B., Tesiero, R., Jensen, C., Van Slyke, J., Nations, R., McElreath, L., Schulenberg, S., Lindsley, A., Wellman, L. Disasters That Shaped Emergency Management: Case Studies for the Homeland Security/Emergency Management Professional August 2018
  • Russo, B. Women Firefighters’ Strategies For Advancement In The Fire Service: Breaking Down Barriers In Gender-Based Occupations Dissertation for Oklahoma State University December 2013
  • Phillips, B. & Russo, B. Gender and Disasters: Needed Basic and Applied Research Emergency Management Review, Vol. 1, Issue 1 February 2012