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political scientist

Danielle S. Allen is an American classicist and political scientist.


Allen graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Classics in 1993, from Cambridge University with a Ph.D. in Classics in 1996, and from Harvard with a Ph.D. in Government in 2001.


She is a professor in the Government Department at Harvard University and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard in 2015, Allen was UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. She taught at University of Chicago, and was Dean of the Division of Humanities from 2004 to 2007.

She organized The Dewey Seminar: Education, Schools and the State, with Robert Reich. She currently serves as a trustee of Amherst College and is chair of the Pulitzer Prize board. In 2015, she joined the Government Department of Harvard University and became the director of Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

2001 Quantrell Award for Excellence.


  • 2001 Quantrell Award for Excellence 2002 MacArthur Fellows Program 2009 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


  • Other Work

    • "It's Up to Obama", Democracy Issue #16, Spring 2010The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens, 2000, (reprint Princeton University Press, 2002, )Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown vs. the Board of Education, University of Chicago Press, 2004, Why Plato Wrote, John Wiley & Sons, Limited, 2010, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, Liveright, 2014, From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in a Digital Age, University of Chicago Press, 2015.


American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


  • Other Interests

    Political theory, history of political thought, political sociology, Greek and Roman political history.