James Robert Russell (born in 1953, New York City) is a scholar and professor in Ancient Near Eastern, Iranian and Armenian Studies. Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The City of New York The Ancient Near East refers to early Civilizations within a region roughly corresponding to the modern Middle East: Mesopotamia (modern Iraq Iranian Studies ( ايران شناسیis an interdisciplinary field dealing with the study of the Iranian cultural region (or the Iranian "cultural continent" Armenia (Հայաստան transliterated: Hayastan,) officially the Republic of Armenia (Հայաստանի Հանրապետություն Hayastani He has published extensively in journals, and has written several books.
He is the Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. Saint Mesrop Mashtots (Մեսրոպ Մաշտոց (361 or 362 Hatsik in Taron - February 17, 440, Echmiadzin) was an Armenian
Professor Russell is the son of Dr. Charlotte S. Russell, a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the City College of New York, and Joseph Russell, an attorney and arbitrator in New York. The City College of The City University of New York (known more commonly as the City College of New York or simply City College, CCNY, or colloquially as His grandfather was founder and president of Russell & Russell, publisher of out-of-print scholarly books.
Dr. Russell was educated at Bronx High School of Science in New York City, Columbia University, and the University of Oxford, under the noted Armenologists Nina Garsoïan and C. The Bronx High School of Science (commonly called Bronx Science, Bronx Sci, or just Science, and officially known as H Columbia University is a private University in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. The University of Oxford (informally "Oxford University" or simply "Oxford" located in the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England is the J. F. Dowsett. He was the recipient of a Kellett Fellowship. The Euretta J Kellett Fellowship is a prestigious prize awarded to two graduating seniors a year at Columbia College, the main undergraduate school of Columbia University
He earned his Ph. D. at The University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) under the direction of Dr. The University of London is a university based primarily in London, England, UK. The School of Oriental and African Studies (commonly abbreviated to " SOAS " pronounced (so as or (so az is a constituent college of the University of Mary Boyce. Nora Elisabeth Mary Boyce ( &ndash) was a British scholar of Iranian languages, and a recognized authority on Zoroastrianism. His 1982 Ph. D. thesis was on the topic of "Zoroastrianism in Armenia" and later published by Harvard University Press. Zoroastrianism (ˌzɔroʊˈæstriəˌnɪzəm is the religion and philosophy based on the teachings Harvard University Press ( HUP) is a Publishing house, a division of Harvard University, that is highly respected in Academic publishing.
After finishing his Ph. D. , he soon after taught at Columbia University, in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. He then went on to be a Lady Davis Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים الجامعة العبرية في القدس abbreviated HUJI) is Soon after he was on the short-list for the Mashtots Chair in Armenian Studies at Harvard University, for which he was chosen and has occupied the chair since 1993.
He is currently the Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at Harvard University, and also teaches a wide range of subjects, including Freshman seminars on literature and comparative religions, literature and cultures.  Dr. Russell is on the executive committees of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies  and Folklore & Mythology  at Harvard University.
He has taught and lectured in Armenia, India, and Iran and at the Oriental Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Saint Petersburg State University. Armenia (Հայաստան transliterated: Hayastan,) officially the Republic of Armenia (Հայաստանի Հանրապետություն Hayastani India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iran topics. The Russian Academy of Sciences (Российская Академия Наук Rossi'iskaya Akade'miya Nau'k, shortened to PAH RAN) consists of the National Saint Petersburg State University ( Санкт-Петербургский государственный университет) is a Russian federal state-owned higher
Russell has been called, "A complex figure. . . (who) resists easy classification and is no stranger to controversy: reviled by Turks and Armenians alike. " 
Professor Russell has been interviewed as an expert and scholar on The History Channel's documentary programs including Angels: Good or Evil. History, formerly known as The History Channel, is a Satellite and Cable TV channel, with shows on historical events and persons&mdashoften 
Professor Russell is one of the three faculty advisers for the conservative fortnightly The Harvard Salient. The Harvard Salient was founded in 1981 and is one of the oldest in a movement of conservative newspapers established in the Ivy League during the beginnings of the Reagan administration
He lectured on Soteriology on the Silk Road for the Buddhist Lecture Series of the University of Toronto in October 2005, and organized and chaired an international symposium in the same month to commemorate the 1600th anniversary of Saint Mesrop Mashtots, inventor of the Armenian alphabet. In Theology, salvation can mean three related things being saved from or Liberation from something such as Suffering or the punishment of The Silk Road, or Silk Routes, are an extensive interconnected network of Trade routes across the Asian continent connecting East South and Western Asia with the Buddhism is a family of beliefs and practices This article is about the University of Toronto's St George Campus Saint Mesrop Mashtots (Մեսրոպ Մաշտոց (361 or 362 Hatsik in Taron - February 17, 440, Echmiadzin) was an Armenian The Armenian alphabet is an Alphabet that has been used to write the Armenian language since the year 405 or 406. He has written on, translated, and analyzed the esoteric, mystical, and spiritual writings of Gregory of Narek, and has written numerous articles for the Encyclopedia Iranica. Grigor Narekatsi (or Krikor Grigor Naregatsi) (951&ndash1003 was an Armenian monk poet mystical Philosopher and Theologian, born into a family Encyclopædia Iranica is a project whose goal is to create a comprehensive and authoritative English language Encyclopedia about the history culture and He contributed to the New Leader magazine.
Ninety one of his selected published scholarly journal articles, are gathered in his book, Armenian and Iranian Studies.