Past Faculty

Danielle S. Allen

School of Social Science
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 PostBoston ReviewDemocracyCabinet, and The Nation.

Dates at IAS
  • Social Science
Harvard University Ph.D., 2001
Harvard University M.A., 1998
King’s College, University of Cambridge Ph.D., 1996
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2009
MacArthur Fellowship 2002
Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (University of Chicago) 2001
Hare Prize in Ancient Greek History (University of Cambridge) 1996
Marshall Scholar 1993
Odyssey Project 2000 Instructor
The University of Chicago 2004–2007 Dean, Division of Humanities
The University of Chicago 1997–2007 Professor (full Professor from 2003)