Russo's research focuses on U.S.-based grassroots activism for peace, racial justice, and transnational solidarity. Overarching themes in Russo's writing include solidarity activism, the embodiment of protest, and long-term, high risk tactics in contesting U.S. torture, militarism and immigration policies. Russo spent several years working in immigrant rights organizations in New York, Mexico and Colorado before becoming a researcher.
Contributes to an understanding of collective identity formation among allies. Offers an illustrative case for the important role embodiment plays in the emotions of collective action.
Examines how justice-seeking solidarity drives activist communities contesting US torture, militarism and immigration policies.
Explores what it means to refuse the solidarity that detention camps require from the public through an ethnographic examination of Witness against Torture (WAT), a group of U.S. citizens enacting solidarity with the men detained at Guantánamo.