Dr. Dan Russ


Serves as Senior Fellow

  • B.A. from University of Evansville in English 
  • M.A. from Dallas Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies
  • M.A. from the University of Dallas in English
  • Ph.D. from the University of Dallas in Literature and Psychology

Dan is Professor of English at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, where he also served as Academic Dean and the Director of the Center for Christian Studies over the past twelve years. From 2002–2003 he was the Executive Director of Christians in the Visual Arts at Gordon College, where the CIVA office is housed.

Dan is a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum. A regular Trinity Forum Moderator for over twenty years, he was project director for the curriculum Children of Prometheus: Technology and the Good Life and Character and Courage in the 21st Centrury. He has written forewords for Trinity Forum Readings, served as a resource scholar for other Trinity Forum curriculum projects, and has been editor of the online Provocations Journal. He was named a Senior Fellow in 2005.

Dan was Headmaster of Trinity Christian Academy, a K–12 College Preparatory School in Dallas, Texas, from 1994–2002, where he taught Bible and English from 1982-1989. He is a Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, where he served as Managing Director and faculty member for five years. There he founded Studies in Leadership, a program that affords business, professional, and civic leaders the opportunity to re-envision their leadership in light of the wisdom of the classics. He also founded and led an annual program in continuing legal education: "Law and Imagination." 

Dan has contributed to a number of books on classics, biblical studies, and cultural leadership, including The Terrain of Comedy, The Epic Cosmos, Classic Texts and the Nature of Authority, Invitation to the Classics, The Tragic Abyss, and The Prospect of the Lyric. Dan’s book, Flesh-and-Blood Jesus: Learning to Be Fully Human from the Son of Man, originally published in 2008, was published in a second expanded edition in 2013 by Cascade Books. He has contributed chapters to three other books: Faith and the Soul of the University, The Christian College Phenomenon, and What is a Teacher? Remembering the Soul of Education Through the Classics. Dan and his wife Kathy have four grown children and eight grandchildren.