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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
October 21, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Ellen Russell

Assistant Professor, Digital Media and Journalism, Society, Culture, and Environment

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5836

Office Location: RCW 308

Academic Background

B.A. in Economics and Political Science at the University of Toronto

M.A. in Political Studies at Queen’s University

Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Massachusetts


I became an economist when I realized that economic issues impact so many social issues I care about. But despite the importance of economics, it can be daunting to try to make sense of the business and economic coverage in the newspaper. My goal is to translate economic issues so that journalists and the public can engage with important economic debates.

For several years I was senior economist at Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, where I was involved in the “Alternative Federal Budget” and published a variety of papers on government finances, labour market issues and financial regulation. I joined the journalism program at WLU Brantford in 2012.

Additional Information


Recently I have taught Economic Theory and the Law (CT 310), Journalism and Social Change (JN 298), and Advanced Research And Reporting (JN 360/361).

Recent Publications: Academic

"New Deal Banking Reforms and Keynesian Welfare State Capitalism" (Routledge 2008, 2012)

"The Case for Constructive Ambiguity in a Regulated System: Canadian Banks and the 'Too Big to Fail'"

"Lessons from the Glass-Steagall Act" in Matias Vernengo, Gerald Epstein and Tom Schlesinger (eds.) Banking, Monetary Policy and the Political Economy of Financial Regulation. (Edward Elgar, forthcoming in 2014).

"The Strategic Uses of Budget Crisis in Canada" in Baines, Donna and Stephen McBride (eds.) Orchestrating Austerity. (Fernwood, forthcoming in 2014).

Recent Publications: Journalism

I have a number of op eds in Canadian news media. For example, see "Should Canadians worry about a banking crisis?" Toronto Star, June 23, 2012.

I have an occasional column at One recent example is "Theatre of the Fiscally Absurd: Auditions now Open to Run Government Finances".

I have also had a column at This Magazine: "First Nations Fumble: How the Tories dropped the ball on funding."


Recent Publications : Public Interest

"No More Swimming Naked: The Need for Modesty in Canadian Banking" (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2012)

"Rising Profit Share, Falling Wage Share" (with Mathieu Dufour) (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2007)