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Dr. Nestar Russell

Faculty of Applied & Professional Studies - School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Assistant Professor (Leave)
office: A345
ext: 4152


BSc (Honours), Victoria University of Wellington;
MA, Victoria University of Wellington;
PhD, Victoria University of Wellington

Research Interests:

His research interests include the "Milgram-Holocaust linkage", social theory and perpetrator behaviour during the Holocaust, state crime, weapon/method selection and homicide, illegal commercial graffiti, and the social construction of crime. He teaches criminology, sociology, and history.


Russell, N. J. C. (In press). The Emergence of a Bureaucratic Machine: Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Experiments. Invited by the Journal of Social Issues for the 50th Anniversary of Stanley Milgram’s the Obedience experiments.

Russell, N. J. C. (In press). The Obedience to Authority “Relationship” Condition: Some Methodological and Theoretical Implications. Canadian Psychology.

Russell, N. J. C., & Picard, J. G. (2013). Book review of Gina Perry’s (2012) Behind the Shock Machine: The Untold Story of the Notorious Milgram Psychology Experiments. In the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 49(2), 221-223.

Russell, N. J. C. (2012). Book review of Alex Alvarez’s (2010) Genocidal Crimes: Key Ideas in Criminology. In the State Crime Journal, 1(1), 153-56.

Russell, N. J. C. (2011). Milgram's Obedience to Authority Experiments: Origins and Early Evolution. British Journal of Social Psychology, 50(1), 140-162.

Russell, N. J. C., & Gregory, R. J. (2011). Spinning an organizational ‘web of obligation’? Moral choice in Stanley Milgram’s ‘obedience’ experiments. American Review of Public Administration, 41(5), 495-518.

Russell, N. J. C. (2010). The making of a shocking and (in)famous experiment. The Psychologist, 23(9), 780-782.

Russell, N. J. C. (2009). Stanley Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Experiments: Towards an Understanding of their Relevance in Explaining Aspects of the Nazi Holocaust. PhD thesis: Victoria University of Wellington.

Russell, N. J. C., & Gregory, R. J. (2005). Making the Undoable Doable: Milgram, the Holocaust and Modern Government. American Review of Public Administration, 35(4), 327-349.

Russell, N. J. C. (2000). Firearms and Homicide: the Influence of the Weapon Substitution Hypothesis on the American Gun Control Debate. MA thesis: Victoria University of Wellington.

Courses Taught:

  • CRJS-2086: Intro Criminology Theory
  • HIST-3117: Lethal Violence
  • SOCI-2076: Deviance and Conformity
  • SOCI-3006: Collective Behaviour


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