Danielle Russell, PhD

Danielle Russell, PhD

Danielle Russell holds an AAS from Gateway Community College, and a BS, an MS, and a PhD in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. She researches how the criminalization of substances used for personal pleasure has become a tool for social control, contributing to the ongoing legacy of racialized criminalization and mass incarceration in the U.S. Having personally experienced many of the harms that impact people who use illicit drugs, she is passionate about mutual aid and working to change the structures that impose harm on the bodies of drug users. Her interests are oriented toward community-based participatory research.


It’s not ‘drug dealers’ who are killing us, it’s drug stigma

By: - May 26, 2023

“If I die as a result of a drug overdose, I request that no one be charged, prosecuted, or held criminally responsible for my death. This decision is being made in part to challenge the oppressive and false dichotomy between people who use drugs and people who sell drugs. We are, more often than not, […]