Biography of Malcolm Russell

Photo of Malcolm Russell
Full Title: Vice President for Academic Administration
Building: Dick Building
Room Number: 107-A
Email: marussel [at]
Work Phone: 2501
Personal Phone: 402-489-0826
Fax: 402-486-2895
Departments: Academic Administration - 402.486.2501
Job Description:

Russell serves as academic dean, administering and improving the programs and academic atmosphere Union offers.

Academic Background


M.A., Ph.D., School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, 1977. Dissertation: "Amir Faysal and the Arab Government in Damascus, 1918-1920."

Secondary and college studies in India, Great Britain, U.S.A.

Campus & Community Involvement:


Field Reader, various programs, U. S. Department of Education Panelist and presenter, Developing In Honors track and specific panels, National Collegiate Honors Council and Upper Midwest Honors Council annual conventions 1995 - 2002, including plenary session, 2001 on terrorism.

Editorial Referee, Business & Economic History, 1999-

President and program chair, annual conference of the Economic and Business Historical Society, Chicago, 2002.

Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Upper Midwest Honors Council, 2002-

Occasional speaker/interviewee on events of current interest, civic and school groups (e.g., hosted a brief weekly radio program on the economy for roughly one year.)

Occasional articles in the local press and campus newspaper. 

Professional Background:


Andrews University faculty, 1977-2003.

Professor of Economics and History, 1987-2003

Honors Director, 1993-2003

Walter Utt Professor, Pacific Union College, 1999-2000

Phi Beta Kappa (1979)

Phi Kappa Phi (1989)

Honors Societies in business, economics, and history.



The First Modern Arab State: Syria under Faysal, 1918-1920. (Minneapolis, Bibliotheca Islamica, 1985)

The Middle East and South Asia, 2004. (Harpers Ferry: Stryker-Post Publications). A textbook; revised and supplemented annually since 1989

"Hesban during the Arab Period, A.D. 635 to the Present," in Lawrence, Geraty and Leona G. Running, editors, in Historical Foundations: Studies of Literary References to Hesban and Vicinity. Andrews U. Press, 1989.

"Cleaner Clothes for Less Work: The Upton Machine Company, 1911-1929," in Essays in Economic and Business History, Vol XII, 1994, pp. 383-397.

"Captive Supplier or Partner? Sears, Whirlpool and Washer Design," Business and Economic History, Vol. XXV, No. 1 (Fall 1996) pp 143-153

(co-author with Lauren Strauch): "The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval: From Innovative Consumer Protection to Popular Badge of Quality." Essays in Economic and Business History, Vol XXI, 2003

"Economic Theory and the Adventist College System," Spectrum, November 1985; "Ethics is the Business of the Local Church." Spectrum 21:2 (March 1991); Interview with Larry Geraty, Spectrum 2003



Over twenty papers on subjects ranging from cisterns in Jordan to the invention of the Whirlpool automatic washer and computerizing an honors program's records. Recent examples:

"More Than An Oil Slick: The Impact of the Asian Economic Crisis on the Middle East, 1996-1999." Economic and Business Historical Society Annual Convention, San Diego, CA  April 28, 2000

"Tithe in the Gold State: Why Hardly a Depression?" 1999-2000 Utt Lectureship, Pacfic Union College, April 2000.

"From Wild Beast to Lion: A Comparison of English Biographies of Hafiz al-Asad, President of Syria." Phi Alpha Theta Chapter, Pacific Union College, January 27, 2000

"Oil Price Increases as Supply Shocks:  A Reconsideration of the Evidence", Economics and Business Historical Society, Albany, N.Y., April 2001



"Teacher of the Year," 1978-1979, 1987-88, AU Student Association

"Distinguished Junior Faculty Member," Andrews University, 1981

Danforth Associate, Danforth Foundation, 1980-84

Zapora Award, Undergraduate Teaching, Andrews University, 1990

Academic Advisor Award, 1990/91, Andrews University

John Nevins Andrews Medallion, Andrews University, 2003

Fulbright Dissertation Scholarship, 1973-74

Andrews University, research grants, 1978-85; 1989; 1992-93; 1994-96

Research Interests:

Modern Middle East (interdisciplinary: history, culture, religion, politics); Economic History; International Economics; Macroeconomics (Principles; Intermediate).

Speaker's Bureau:

Current events, world politics, the Middle East.

Personal Information:

Sharon Russell is Malcolm's energetic and vibrant partner in life. She is Union's conferences and guest services coordinator. The Russell's have two sons, Michael and Eric.