Christine H. Rossell, PhD

Christine Rossell

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Boston University
Location: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States

Christine H. Rossell, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Boston University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public policy, politics and higher education.

Dr. Rossell is a celebrated figure in the fields of higher education and public policy who has amassed nearly 45 years of excellence in her areas of expertise. A professor emeritus of Boston University since 2017, she previously served as a full professor from 1989 to 2017. Specializing in public policy, American politics, school desegregation, education policy, and urban politics, she has been a consultant and expert witness in more than 60 educational equity court cases. Earlier in her career, she served as a research assistant for the Center for Metropolitan Planning and Research at Johns Hopkins University, an assistant professor in political studies at Pitzer College, the assistant chair of the political science department at Boston University, and director of undergraduate and graduate studies at Boston University. In addition, she was granted teaching fellowships with the University of Southern California from 1970 to 1973.

Alongside her career endeavors, Dr. Rossell has participated in a number of civic engagements, including as co-chair of the “English for the Children” campaign in 2002, the desegregation plan design assistance program in Prince George’s County in 2002, and as a member of the Massachusetts Bilingual Advisory Council from 2000 to 2003. She has further contributed to various desegregation plans and councils across the United States in the early 1980s through the mid-1990s, including in Louisiana, Tennessee, California, Georgia, New York, Maryland, and Florida.

Developing an interest in political science from an early age, Dr. Rossell sought formal education, earning a Bachelor of Arts in international relations with a specialization in Latin America from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1967. She subsequently obtained a Master of Arts in political science from California State University in 1969, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in political science from the University of Southern California in 1974.

A leading voice in her industry, Dr. Rossell has maintained membership with several organizations throughout her career. On the advisory board for READ in Washington, DC, from 1999 to 2000, she was also on the advisory board of such facilities as the Center for Equal Opportunity and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In addition, she was an article reviewer for The American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and Urban Affairs Quarterly. She is further associated with the American Political Science Association and the American Educational Research Association.

A prolific author, Dr. Rossell has penned numerous works in relation to her areas of interest. She was the coauthor of “The Case Against Magnet Schools” in 2017, “School Desegregation in the 21st Century” in 2002, “Bilingual Education in Massachusetts: the Emperor Has No Clothes” in 1996, and “The Carrot of the Stick for School Desegregation Policy: Magnet School vs. Forced Busting” in 1990. She has additionally authored several journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, book reviews, and monographs in an effort to share her wealth of knowledge with her community.

In recognition of her accomplishments and contributions to education, Dr. Rossell has accrued several accolades and grants. Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World every year since 1995, she has also been featured in Who’s Who in American Education every year since 1994. In addition, she was honored with the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University in 2000 and was one out of 51 individuals listed in “The Historical Dictionary of School Segregation and Desegregation: the American Experience” by Jeffrey Raffel in 1998. She has further been awarded grants by the Pioneer Institute, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute of Education, the Ford Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation. Dr. Rossell was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

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