Dr. Magnaghi joined the faculty at Northern Michigan University in 1969. Beginning in 1974 he began to focus on regional history and in the early 1980s began to study the Italians in the Upper Peninsula. He also found time to develop one of the first courses on the history of Native Americans in a state university. Russ has researched and wrote over 200 articles and monographs and present a similar number of papers and radio programs. In recent years he has been appointed University Historian (1994) and Director of the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies (1996 and 2006). Since 2002 he has also worked with the community in a number of capacities using my historical expertise and people skills. He has co-edited the Discovering the Peoples of Michigan Series of Michigan State University Press since 2003.