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Maddison Russell (they/them/theirs) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. Maddison is a queer, nonbinary scholar who seeks to reveal and magnify hidden voices within the LGBTQIA+ community. At the age of 18, Maddison moved to Columbia, Missouri to pursue their undergraduate education at The University of Missouri-Columbia. In the spring of 2018, they graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a focus in Communication Studies, and a minor in Human Development and Family Science. After graduation, Russell decided to go to graduate school and pursue their Master of Arts in Communication Studies at Saint Louis University. They focus on Relational and Queer communicative research and translational research. They received their Masters in August 2020 and went on to achieve their PhD at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida starting the fall of 2020. Russell is on their second year of their PHD program and teaches various classes from Senior Capstone to Public Speaking! 

Teacher Russell enjoys doing research and learning with students at USF, alongside their own coursework! They plan to graduate in Spring 2024 and go on to teach at the university level! They have an english bulldog puppy named Mash Potato and a 5 year old cat named Ruth Bader Ginsburg! They miss the snow in Missouri, but agree the fruity drinks and beaches are a nice trade!


Critical Family and Interpersonal Communication (Focus Area: Queer Identity Negotiation)


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