Classicist and Political Scientist
Age: 29 at time of award
Published October 1, 2001
Danielle Allen is a political theorist whose work spans the fields of classics, philosophy, and political theory, providing important perspectives on contemporary issues of race and politics. In her book, The World of Prometheus (2000), Allen examines the theory and practice of punishment in classical Athens as it affected both the intellectual elite and ordinary citizens, and as it contrasts with contemporary institutions and conceptions of punishment. Her second book, Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004), takes the events in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the landmark decision of 1954 as a starting point for an analysis of democratic politics that focuses on the roles that sacrifice and trust play in democratic life.
Danielle Allen received a B.A. (1993) from Princeton University, an M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2001) from Harvard University, and an M.Phil. (1994) and Ph.D. (1996) from the University of Cambridge. She currently serves as Dean of the Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago and as a professor in the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures, the Department of Political Science, and the Committee on Social Thought. She has taught at the University of Chicago since 1997.
Last updated January 1, 2005