Danielle S. Allen

Danielle S. Allen
UPS Foundation Professor
School of Social Science

Danielle Allen is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), and Our Declaration (Norton/Liveright, 2014). In 2002, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her ability to combine “the classicist’s careful attention to texts and language with the political theorist’s sophisticated and informed engagement.” She is currently working on books on citizenship in the digital age and political equality. Allen is a frequent public lecturer and regular guest on public radio affiliates to discuss issues of citizenship, as well as an occasional contributor on similar subjects to the Washington Post, Boston Review, Democracy, Cabinet, and The Nation.

University of Cambridge, Ph.D., Classics, 1996; Harvard University, Ph.D., Government, 2001; The University of Chicago, Assistant Professor 1997–2000, Associate Professor 2000–03, Professor 2003–07, Dean of the Division of Humanities 2004–07; Institute for Advanced Study, UPS Foundation Professor 2007–; MacArthur Fellowship 2002; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member; Trustee of Amherst College, Mellon Foundation; Pulitzer Prize Board, Chair; PROSE Award in Education 2013 

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