Dr. David T. Russell, Professor of Insurance and Finance, received his Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1997. He earned an A.B. in Economics cum laude from Amherst College. He joined CSUN in 2002 after teaching at the Katie Insurance School at Illinois State University. Dr. Russell has two books on insurance and has published in several journals, including the Journal of Insurance Issues, Journal of Risk Finance, Journal of Insurance Regulation, Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, and others. His current research interests include transferring insurance risk to the capital markets, insurance company service quality and insurance agent compensation. He is a member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, the American Risk and Insurance Association, and the Western Risk and Insurance Association. Dr. Russell also serves as the director of the Center for Risk and Insurance.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of property/casualty insurer Unico American Corporation (NASDAQ: UNAM) and is Chairman of the Board of First Connect Insurance Services, an Austin, TX, based auto insurer. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Westside Neighborhood School, a K-8 independent school in Los Angeles.
In 2012, Dr. Russell received the Rie R. Sharp "Insurance Person of the Year" Award from Los Angeles area CPCU chapters.