Michigan State University
Allen is Dean of James Madison College at Michigan State University and has been a member of the Mackinac Center Board of Scholars since 1995. Previously, he taught at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, and earned his Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.
Allen is a former member and chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and has been a Kellogg National Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, and a member of the National Council on the Humanities. He has edited several essay collections, including George Washington: A Collection and The Essential Antifederalist, and is the author of many essays on American political thought as well as the book Let the Advice Be Good: A Defense of Madison’s Democratic Nationalism.