James E. Ostendarp Professor of Psychology; Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Officer
The FDIO serves as an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the overall academic program, partnering with the Dean of the Faculty supporting individual faculty members and academic departments. The Officer advances principles of inclusive excellence in three significant domains (1) recruitment and retention of top-rate scholar-teachers (2) ongoing professional development that allows faculty members to thrive throughout their careers (3) confidential consultations with faculty members as needed.
In his role as faculty diversity and Inclusion officer, Allen helps facilitate faculty search processes, assists with faculty workshops on topics of diversity and inclusion, and works to develop insights into demographic data across academic departments.
He also helps faculty and instructional staff navigate concerns around profession, climate, and community. In his research, Allen explores the role of interpersonal expectations in guiding human behavior. To that end, an important theme has been to understand the basic processes of interpersonal expectations informed by how real people make decisions and judgments about real people. His research investigates issues related to judicial behavior, jury decision-making, and the social and neural foundations of stereotyping and prejudice. Allen was a senior administrator in student affairs for more than ten years.
Professor of American Studies; Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Officer