mherst College appointed Danielle S. Allen to its Board of Trustees in 2006. She is currently the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. From 1996 to 2007, she was on the faculty of the University of Chicago, where she served as dean of the division of humanities from 2004 to 2007. She has also taught at Tufts, Suffolk and Cambridge Universities.
A scholar of classical Greek literature and a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology and the history of political thought, Allen is the author of the books 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 A Course in Human Events (forthcoming). She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (known as the “Genius Award”) in 2002.