Faculty & Staff

Jody Allen

Visiting Assistant Professor of History
B.A., University of Delaware; M.S., Michigan State University; Ph.D., College of William & Mary

Allen, a native of Hampton, VA, earned her B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and her Ph.D. in U.S. History from the College of William & Mary.

Her research interests cover the U.S. Civil War through the Long Civil Rights Movement focusing on black agency. Her current manuscript considers the consequences of and responses to the 1902 Virginia constitution revisions that disfranchised most African American males. She is working with a colleague to produce "The Green Light," a documentary film on the school desegregation case, Charles C. Green v. the School Board of New Kent County, VA. This little-known 1968 Supreme Court decision led to the integration of public schools throughout the South. She co-authored "Recovering a 'Lost' Story Using Oral History: The United States Supreme Court's Historic Green v. New Kent County, Virginia, Decision" which appeared in The Oral History Review.  

Allen is visiting Sewanee from William & Mary where she is a visiting assistant professor and Director of the Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation. “The Lemon Project is a multifaceted and dynamic attempt to rectify wrongs perpetrated against African Americans by the College through action or inaction. An ongoing endeavor, this project focuses on contributing to and encouraging scholarship on the 324-year relationship between African Americans and the College, and building bridges between the College and Williamsburg and Greater Tidewater area.” www.wm.edu/lemonproject As a result of this project, Allen’s research has expanded embracing colonial and antebellum Virginia and proslavery ideology. Her article, “Thomas Dew and the Rise of Proslavery Ideology at William & Mary” is forthcoming. In her role as director, Allen has appeared on National Public Radio on the Diane Rehm Show, December 2015; the Kojo Nnamdi Show, January 2015; and Another View The Radio Show, January 2012.


While at Sewanee Allen will teach classes in the new African and African American Studies minor and assist with the development of the Slavery Project.