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Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen is Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and professor in Harvard’s Department of Government and Graduate School of Education. She 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 (Princeton, 2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education (University of Chicago, 2004), Why Plato Wrote (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (Norton/Liveright Books, June 2014). She is the co-editor (with Rob Reich) of the award-winning Education, Justice, and Democracy (University of Chicago, 2013) and (with Jennifer Light) From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age (University of Chicago, 2015). She is a Chair of the Mellon Foundation Board, past Chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Philosophical Society.  She is currently working on books on citizenship in the digital age and political equality and directs The Democratic Knowledge Project, a group of research projects on knowledge and democracy. Among these is HULA, a project on assessment in the humanities and liberal arts. Allen is a frequent public lecturer and regular guest on public radio affiliates to discuss issues of citizenship and education policy, as well as a contributor on similar subjects to the Washington Post, Boston Review, Democracy, Cabinet, and The Nation. Previously, Allen served as the. UPS Foundation Professor, School of Social Science, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton University.She was an Assistant Professor, Classics, University of Chicago, 1997-2000; Associate Professor of Classical Languages and Literatures, Political Science and the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, 2000-03; Professor of Classical Languages and Literatures, Political Science and the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, 2003-07; Dean, Division of Humanities, University of Chicago, 2004-07. She is currently a Trustee, Amherst College, Pulitzer Prize Board, Mellon Foundation, and Princeton University; Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has an AB, Princeton University, 1993; Ph.D., Classics, Cambridge University, 1996; Ph.D., Government, Harvard University, 2001.