Born and raised in New Orleans, Peter developed a love of reading and exploration at a young age. His dedication to mastering any interest led him to an incredibly successful academic career, winning various awards and scholarships for his work. While attending Louisiana State University for his undergraduate degree in French Studies and International Studies, Peter received LSU Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship (2005) and LSU French Department Undine Livaudais Fitzgerald Scholarship (2006). During his undergraduate career, Peter was also a member of the LSU Tiger Marching Band.
Upon graduation, Peter Russo continued his schooling at the University of New Orleans for a Masters of Arts in Political Science with concentrations in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Women’s Issues. During this time, Peter was a member of the Political Science Graduate Student Association (PSGGSA) and Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society), as well as a Columnist and News Editor at the University’s Driftwood Newspaper.
Peter went on to teach English to summer school students in New Orleans, write for Times Picayune as a Sports Columnist, and teach Civics, Contemporary Issues, A.P World History, A.P Euopean History, and DE Western Civilization at Louisiana.
Currently, in addition to teaching at Istrouma High School, Peter is also the History Club Moderator. In this role, he is assisting with the Voices of a People’s History, a national program to be performed at Baton Rouge Community college Arts Fest (April 2019), highlighting readings from oppressed and marginalized groups throughout American history. Peter is also attending Louisiana State University for his second Master’s degree.
Recently, Peter Russo collaborated with Cornell University to create a day-long service-learning, community-building experience with Istrouma High School students. Cornell Professor Dr. Bryan Duff and 12 undergraduate students connected with junior students from Istrouma High to discuss life after high school, post-secondary education, and the future. Together, the group designed a mural to represent political awareness and activism, using aspects to represent the Respect My Vote project, the Amplifier Foundation, and a quote from Rev. Dr. William J. Barber.