William B. Russell III

University of Central Florida

Dr. William B. Russell III is Associate Professor of Social Science Education at The University of Central Florida. He teaches social studies related courses and serves as the Social Science Education Ph.D. coordinator. Dr. Russell also serves as the director for The International Society for the Social Studies ( and is the editor of The Journal of Social Studies Research ( His research interests include alternative methods for teaching social studies and teaching with film. Dr. Russell has authored over forty peer-reviewed journal articles related to social studies education which have been featured in journals like Action in Teacher Education, The Journal of Social Studies Research, Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, and The Social Studies. Dr. Russell has edited one book, Contemporary Social Studies: An Essential Reader (2011) and authored four books: Reel Character Education: A Cinematic Approach to Character Development (2010, co-author S. Waters), Teaching Social Issues with Film (2009), Civil War Films for Teachers and Historians (2008), and Using Film in the Social Studies (2007). Dr. Russell earned his Ph.D. in Social Science Education from Florida State University and prior to moving into higher education, taught middle and high school social studies.