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Sandra Russo

Director, Program Development

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Dr. Sandra L. Russo earned her Ph.D. in Agronomy, with a minor in Animal Science, from the University of Florida in 1981. Her M.S. in Agronomy is from the Pennsylvania State University (1976) and her B.S. in Animal Science from Purdue University (1971). She worked in Africa from 1981-1986 in Kenya and the Gambia on international development projects that targeted small farmers, including women.  She continues to work in Africa, most recently in Botswana as Co-Principal Investigator on an NSF IGERT on Adaptive Management: Water, Wetlands, and Watersheds ( and southern Africa.  She also works with universities overseas on accreditation and capacity building issues.

At the University of Florida, Dr. Russo is the Director of Program Development and Federal Relations in the International Center and the Associate Director of the Transnational and Global Studies Center.  She is also affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Ecology program in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.  Through the NSF IGERT program, she team teaches graduate seminars in Leadership, Communication, and Ethics and in Water Politics.  Current research interests revolve around gender and water issues, environment, and agriculture.  She is currently working on a ecofeminist textbook that stresses service learning and activism.


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